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French-Canadian director Kim Nguyen's coming-of-age drama "War Witch" was one of the five nominees for the 2013 Foreign-Language Oscar. The film tells the harrowing yet poignant story of a young African girl abducted into a rebel army, and her brave journey to free herself from the army's clutches. (Here's the iTunes trailer.) Nguyen's fourth feature, the film first appeared at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, and 15-year-old lead actress Rachel Mwanza won the Silver Bear for her performance. It has since been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and won a National Board of Review prize as one of 2012's Top Five Foreign-Language Films. Beth Hanna: This is the second narrative film ever to be shot in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. What about the area appealed to you? Kim Nguyen: We went to Cameroon, and we went to Kenya. »

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