In world of unprecedented migration, Uganda is one of the few countries welcoming refugees.

That's right - though Uganda's history of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) is complicated, they've been singled out recently by world leaders as particularly welcoming to vulnerable refugees from South Sudan, Burundi, and the Congo. 

This isn't to say that Uganda's history isn't complicated; on the contrary, it's been marked by conflict, including from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) Insurgency, which led to an estimated 65,000 deaths. 

In addition to this, it is well known that countless children have been abducted by rebels and forced to act as soldiers. Decades of conflict have led to a high level of internal displacement within the country.

In 2008, FilmAid co-presented a screening of War/Dance, bringing this documentary back to the people of Patongo IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp in war-torn northern Uganda, where it was made. War/Dance tells the story of three children, living in Patongo who head to Uganda's capital, Kampala to compete in an annual music competition.  It portrays an uplifting and hopeful moment in the lives of these young people.

FilmAid is working to expand programming in Uganda in 2016. Check back in with us for more information!


  • 37.5 million population

  • 385,513 refugees in Uganda

  • 35,475 asylum seekers in Uganda

  • 1987 the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency begins and is ongoing


  • 2008 co-presented screenings in Patongo Camp

  • War/Dance screened using mobile cinema units

  • Returns documentary of Patongo camp back to where it was made


War/Dance Trailer

Set in Northern Uganda, a country ravaged by more than two decades of civil war, WAR/DANCE tells the story of Dominic, Rose, and Nancy, three children whose families have been torn apart, their homes destroyed, and who currently reside in a displaced persons camp in Patongo.