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Directed by Kim Nguyen
Starring Rachel Mwanza, Serge Kanyinda, Alain Lino, Eli Bastien

Canada | 2012 | Digital | 90min | Drama, History | Not Rated
French, Lingala with English subtitles

Montreal-based filmmaker Kim Nguyen paints a poignant and harrowing portrait of Komona, a 14-year-old girl (wonderfully played by nonprofessional actress Rachel Mwanza) who has been kidnapped from her African village by rebels to become a child soldier. She escapes from the camp with an older albino soldier and experiences for the very first time the joys of a peaceful and loving life, but a fresh tragedy will force her to confront and fight the ghosts haunting her mind. Although inspired by a real story that took place in Burma, Nguyen decided to film War Witch in the Democratic Republic of the Congo without giving a specific location to the plot. He worked on the film for 10 years, watching and catching children's points of view with his camera and mixing in tightly edited flashbacks in which the spirits of human beings appear with an ultra-realistic and violent storyline. But War Witch is also a poignant and impossible love story filled with magic, picturesque images, and even light moments like the powerful visit to an albino camp or the chasing of a white rooster.

Screenplay by Kim Nguyen
Cinematography by Nicolas Bolduc
Editing by Richard Comeau
Original sound-track: African folk and pop music

2013 Academy Awards (Oscars): Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
2013 Canadian Screen Awards (Genie): Nominated for Best Motion Picture, Direction, Best Actress (Rachel Mwanza), Best Supporting Actor (Serge Kanyinda), Best Original Screenplay,
2013 Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best International Film,
2012 National Board of Review: Won, Top Five Foreign Language Films
2012 Berlin International Film Festival: Won, Best Actress (Rachel Mwanza)
2012 Tribeca Film Festival: Won, Best Narrative Feature, Best Actress (Rachel Mwanza)
2012 Toronto International Film Festival: Official Selection
2012 American Film Institute Festival: Official Selection
2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival: Official Selection


“Can films from Africa succeed in the West? War Witch proves the answer Is YES.” - Jonathan Curiel,
NPR, PBS

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

“In the middle of War Witch, there blooms a kind of love story that introduces a more rollicking side of African culture.” - Jay Stone, Postmedia News

“Canadian-based writer Kim Nguyen, little known beyond fantasy fest circles, handles the material, displaying a maturity, panache and emotional marksmanship that will elevate his reputation several notches.” – Leslie Felperin, Variety

“Rachel Mwanza, an acting newcomer discovered on the streets of Kinshasa, guides the film naturally. Much of Nicolas Bolduc's observant cinematography focuses on the emotions subtly registered on her face. Mwanza faces the difficult task -- and rises to the challenge -- of at once showing feelings and smothering them.” - Beth Hanna, Thompson on Hollywood!

“An incredibly compelling film about the changing face of Africa, with cultural spiritualism and violent oppression left to collide with fascinating results.” - Patrick Gamble, Cine Vue


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