War Child (2008)
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Critic Reviews for War Child
An uplifting journey weighed down by dry, humdrum convention (attack of the talking heads!); this is social-studies homework, not nourishment for the soul.
War Child, a documentary about the hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal, is a bit ragged and repetitive, but certainly this young man's life is amazing proof that one person really can make a difference.
We know that Jal was a child soldier, but we get no background on the practice, and there is a surprising lack of outrage or passion of any sort in all but one of the commentators who provide analysis.
A more linear, shorter narrative that featured a few less musical interludes by Mr. Jal would have improved this documentary considerably.
The content and the editing of this documentary are sharp... Poignant and a call to action.
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