War stole their childhood, music gave them hope.
Set in war-ravaged Northern Uganda, the Oscar®-nominated WAR DANCE will touch your heart with a real-life story about a group of children whose love of music brings joy, excitement, and hope back into their poverty-stricken lives. Nancy, Domenic, and Rose, three children who have suffered horrific brutalities, momentarily forget their struggles as they participate in music, song, and dance at their school. Invited to compete in a prestigious music festival in their nation’s capitol, their historic journey is a stirring tale about the power of the human spirit to triumph against tremendous odds.



David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“Very Moving”

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


Anthony Breznican, USA Today
politicalWar Dance was screened for members of congress and the state department in support of passage of the 2009 Child Soldier Prevention Act.

Working with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) on WAR DANCE, Shine helped fund a Health Education Center for the residents of the Patongo Refugee Camp

Free Standards based curricula and study Guides developed by Shine Global and partners.

2007 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature

Emmy Award Best Documentary

Emmy Award Best Cinematography

Sundance Film Festival Best Directing Documentary

Aspen Filmfest Audience Award for Best Documentary

Boulder International Film Festival Best Feature Documentary

Chicago International Film Festival Best Cinematography Award

Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival Jury Award

Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival People’s Choice Award

Full Frame film Festival Audience Award

Heartland Film Festival Crystal Heart Award

Hot Docs International Film Festival Audience Award

Jackson Hole Film Festival Best Cinematography

Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival Best Non-Fiction Film

Philadelphia Film Festival Jury Prize Best Directors

Riverrun International Film Festival Jury Prize Best Documentary Cinematography

Rome Film Fest Enel Cuore Award

Salem Film Festival Special Jury Award

Sedona International Film Festival Excellence in Filmmaking

Sedona International Film Festival Director’s Choice Best Documentary

Wisconsin Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary

Woodstock Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

Woodstock Film Festival Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography

ZagrebDox Film Festival Veliki pečat International Competition Award

Directed by
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Produced by
Albie Hecht

Executive Producers
Susan MacLaury, Mark Urman, Daniel Katz, Douglas Eger, Stephen Nemeth, and Erik Cleage

Co-Executive Producers
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Co-Produced by
Kari Kim and Josie Swantek

Associate Producer
Andrew Herwitz

Edited by
Jeff Consiglio

Director of Photography
Sean Fine

Music by
Asche & Spencer