Documentaries on child soldiers are popping up all over the place. In addition to the two films that screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, (see previous posting) – one of which won an award – a film called Strange News recently came out depicting the plight of child soldiers in Uganda. Accompanied by music from classical Norwegian composer Wallin, the film includes images of war from Uganda, interviews with former child soldiers, and depictions of a rehabilitation camp. According to this article:
As well as writing the music Wallin – now widely regarded as Norway’s leading composer – visited Uganda and East Congo in the company of the show’s director Josse De Paauw and a Norwegian TV reporter and cameraman, recording interviews with former child soldiers.
…he found the experience uplifting because of the atmosphere he found in the rehabilitation camps.
The piece is interesting, combining a documentary, a live actor, and modern classical music. It is currently showing in Birmingham, in the UK.