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Canada • 90 min • French & Lingala with English subtitles • Narrative • 2012 • R
Directed by: Kim Nguyen
A 2013 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film!
"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
"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
Komona is a young girl whose life is anything but normal. Kidnapped by African rebels at the age of 12, Komona was forced at gunpoint to slaughter her own parents and fight as a child soldier against the government in the jungles. But Komona was no ordinary soldier. Due to her ability to see gray ghosts in the trees that warn her of approaching enemies, she was deemed a sorceress and bestowed the title of War Witch by the supreme leader of the rebels, Great Tiger.
A powerfully poignant film shot in the Congo with an exceptional lead performance by a newcomer who was discovered on the streets of Kinshasa, Rachel Mwanza (who was recently awarded the acting prize at both the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals), War Witch exudes visceral energy and emotional power as Komona’s journey ultimately finds her in love with a fellow child soldier named Magician (Serge Kanyinda), but pregnant with another man’s child. Saddled with the reality that a life of normalcy is forever beyond her grasp, Komona must find a way to resolve the actions of her past.