Netherlands enlists 'Silent Army' for Oscar

Film follows Ugandan boy kidnapped by rebels

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COLOGNE, Germany -- The Netherlands has picked Jean van der Velde's child soldier drama "The Silent Army" as the official entry for the 2010 foreign-language Oscar race.

Based on real-life events, the film follows the young Ugandan boy Abu who is kidnapped by rebels and forced to fight in the country's civil war. After he disappears, the father of one of his friends, a Dutch expat, decides to track him down and bring him back.

"The Silent Army" was produced by Chris Brouwer, Richard Claus and Paul Brinks of Entertainment Group Films and premiered in Cannes Un Certain Regard sidebar this year.

The nominees for the 2010 Academy Awards will be announced Feb. 2. The 82nd Oscars will be held March 7, 2010.