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WAR WITCH

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Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is only 12 years old when she is kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her "War Witch"), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician (Serge Kanyinda). Together, they manage to escape the rebels' clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. But after their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past.

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Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is only 12 years old when she is kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her "War Witch"), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician (Serge Kanyinda). Together, they manage to escape the rebels' clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. But after their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past.

Film Information
Year: 2013
Length: 90 minutes
Language: French, Lingala
Country: Canada
Cast & Credits
Director: Kim Nguyen
Screenwriter: Kim Nguyen
Producer: Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin
Editor: Richard Comeau
Director of Photography: Nicolas Bolduc
Production Designer: Emmanuel Frechette
Co-Producer: Kim Nguyen
Primary Cast: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Bastien, Serge Kanyianda, Ralph Prosper, Mizinga Mwinga
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"[A] mesmerizing, cinematic hallucination."The New York Times

"Feels startlingly real and inherently relevant, a shining, sterling example of cinema at its most powerful and urgent."New Orleans Times-Picayune

"A moving and emotional powerhouse...War Witch packs a punch." – Movieline

"Stunning. [Rachel Mwanza's] wrenching lead performance...is one of the finest of the year."The Playlist

"A genre benchmark and a breakout work for writer-director Kim Nguyen...met with nearly universal critical acclaim at its Berlin premiere."The Hollywood Reporter

"Canadian-based writer-helmer Kim Nguyen...display[s] a maturity, panache and emotional marksmanship that will elevate his reputation several notches. The film continues to haunt long after the end credits roll."Variety

Needing an Armed Convoy to Make a Film (The New York Times)

'War Witch' alters director's, star's lives (San Francisco Chronicle)

Hot Featurette: Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nominee 'War Witch' (Deadline)

Inside 'War Witch's' Unexpected Love Story – Amidst Congo Brutality (The Wrap)

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