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War Witch

Genre: Drama Director: Kim Nguyen Cast: Rachel MWANZA, Alain BASTIEN, Serge KANYINDA Writers: Kim Nguyen Rating: MA15+ Run Time: 100 min

Synopsis

Somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, in a small isolated village, Komona, a twelve-year-old girl, lived peacefully with her pa- rents until the day the rebels came. They pillaged the village, captured Komona and forced her to commit an irreparable act: slay her parents.

In the rebels' camp, the training is mer- ciless: Komona is hungry, scared, and the Rebel Leader, who has no pity for her tears, repeatedly beats her if she cries. She quickly learns to endure, to fight and above all, to survive. During a battle wa- ged against the government's army, only Komona is spared. The rebels chief sees this as a sign and declares she is the new sorceress. She is soon brought to Great Tiger, the supreme leader of all the rebels, who makes her his war witch.

Only one person is willing to help and lis- ten to her, a 15 year-old-boy named Magi- cian. With the passing months, Magician and Komona fall in love. They experience an all too brief moment of what happiness can be. The war catches up with them.

Time passes... Komona is now 14 and pregnant. She wishes to forget the past, but her parents' ghosts keep reappearing. She soon realizes that if she doesn't want her parents' ghosts to haunt her baby, she must undertake the long journey that will lead her back to her birthplace.

War Witch is a life lesson, a story of hu- man resilience.

Awards
Academy Award Nominee 'Best Foreign Language Film'
Silver Bear for Best Actress, Rachel Mwanza, Berlin Film Festival
Best Actress award, Rachel Mwanza, Tribeca Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature award Tribeca Film Festival


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