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War Witch (2012) More at IMDbPro »Rebelle (original title)

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War Witch -- Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona a 14-year-old girl tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.
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Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rachel Mwanza ... Komona

Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien ... Commandant Rebelle

Serge Kanyinda ... Magicien
Ralph Prosper ... Le Boucher

Mizinga Mwinga ... Grand Tigre Royal
Diane Uwamahoro ... Narration (voice)
Jean Kabuya ... Entraineur Camp École
Jupiter Bokondji ... Sorcier Tigre Royal
Starlette Mathata ... Mère de Komona
Alex Herabo ... Pèe de Komona
Dole Malalou ... Trafiquant Coltan
Karim Bamaraki ... Homme à la Moto
Sephora Françoise ... Mère de Boucher
Jonathan Kombe ... Gendarme Gentil
Marie Dilou ... Exorciseuse
Gauna Gau ... Albinos Musclé
Renate Wembo ... Infirmière Clinique
Alexi Sabwé ... Homme Inquiétant Clinique
Nicolas Fransolet ... Homme ONG
Kazadi Zadio ... Homme Fort
Bonaventure Kabamba ... Fermier Homme Rieur
Angèle Okito ... Femme de L'homme Rieur
Agnes Mujinga ... Vieille Dame Camion
Moïse Ilunga ... Chauffeur Corbillard
Jordan N'Tunga ... Jordan
Diplome Amekindra ... Garde Tigre Royal
Papa Michel ... Enfant Soldat Comp École

Directed by
Kim Nguyen 
Writing credits
Kim Nguyen 

Produced by
Pierre Even .... producer
Anne-Marie Gélinas .... associate producer
Kim Nguyen .... co-producer
Marie-Claude Poulin .... producer
Cinematography by
Nicolas Bolduc 
Film Editing by
Richard Comeau 
Art Direction by
Emmanuel Frechette 
Set Decoration by
Josée Arsenault 
Costume Design by
Eric Poirier 
Makeup Department
Olivier Adekoudé .... makeup artist
Caroline Aquin .... prosthetic makeup artist
Tintin Gombot .... makeup artist
Merve Muthio .... makeup artist
Bijou Onya .... key makeup artist
Mbo Shindani .... makeup artist
Production Management
Erik Daniel .... post-production supervisor
Anne-Marie Gélinas .... production manager
Junior Kalukani .... assistant production manager
Sébastien Maître .... general manager
Babacar Mamadou Seck .... set manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicolas Fransolet .... second unit director
Patrick Kalala .... third assistant director
Pierre Magny .... first assistant director
Kiripi Katembo Siku .... second assistant director
Jimmy Tissanabo .... assistant director
Art Department
Louis Cyr .... props
Moïse Kasongo .... art department assistant
Kumbu Kumbu .... scenic painter
Floyd Kwendisa .... set designer
Bruno Lahaye .... property master
Arlyc Lumbwambu .... art department assistant
Dossou Makawu .... head scenic painter
Deschamps Matala .... assistant art director
Daddy Mbiyé .... art department assistant
Cedric Mbongo .... art department assistant
Junior Nsuka .... scenic painter
Asia Nyembo .... assistant property master
Asia Nyembo .... graphic designer
Rhunaud Phanzu .... art department vehicle coordinator
Longo Umba .... scenic painter
Yannick Wawa .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Christophe Bertrand .... supervisor technical sound
Daniel Bisson .... sound recordist
François-Xavier Bonnard .... sound recordist: narration
Marcelle Cadieux .... sound coordinator
Martin Cazes .... sound studio supervisor
Bernard Gariépy Strobl .... re-recording mixer
Yannick Gauthier .... supervisor technical sound
Claude La Haye .... sound
Gabrielle Labelle Joly .... supervisor technical sound
Louis-Antoine Lassonde .... supervisor technical sound
Simon Meilleur .... foley artist
Fanny Dubois Nguyen .... assistant foley artist
Martin Pinsonnault .... sound designer
Martin Pinsonnault .... supervising sound editor
Claire Pochon .... dialogue editor
Francis Péloquin .... boom operator
Jean-François Sauvé .... sound editor
Jean-Philippe St-Laurent .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Marie-Andrée Lafleur .... special effects coordinator
Guillaume Murray .... special effects coordinator
Sebastien Roussel .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Mathieu Archambault .... digital compositor
Eve Brunet .... visual effects producer
Amélie Dubois .... digital compositor
Patrice Fortin .... colorist
Marie-Josee Gagnon .... digital compositor
Gael Hollard .... digital compositor
Olivier Lavenant .... digital compositor
Stéphane Morali .... digital compositor
Marc Morissette .... visual effects supervisor
Christophe Pacaud .... digital compositor
Stéphane Paradis .... digital compositor
Jonathan Piche-Delorme .... digital compositor
Charles Richer .... digital compositor
Norbert Tissier .... digital compositor
Alexandra Vaillancourt .... visual effects coordinator
Emily Vaillancourt .... digital compositor
Dieudo Mpopola .... stunts
Toto Mutombo .... stunt coordinator
Sangba Vicko .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Bensoussan .... first assistant camera
Lamine Camara .... key grip
Isibango Iko Lebrun .... grip
Komando Mabila .... grip
Dolet Malalu .... grip
Trésor Maluka .... electrician
John Mbingilay .... third assistant camera
Bola Mkasa .... grip
Pape Sarr .... best boy electric
Pape Sarr .... electrician
Jessica Servieres .... second assistant camera
Gaétan St-Onge .... key electrician
Divita Wa Lusala .... data wrangler
Animation Department
Robert Pellerin .... animator
Casting Department
Josa Maule .... casting: Canada
Kiripi Katembo Siku .... casting: Democratic Republic of Congo
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Émmanuel Bwanya .... patine
Valérie Bélègou .... key costumer
Mariane Carter .... assistant costumer
Élie Kalamba .... patine
Joseph Kayembe .... patine
Peter Kwunu .... costume department runner
Belda Malembe .... dresser
Aimé Manfiangani .... seamstress
Didi Mukadi .... dresser
Tess Ndombe .... dresser
Adrienne Nsiangi .... seamstress
Emma Zola .... dresser
Maman Évelyne .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Mathieu Berube .... first assistant editor
Mathieu Boulanger .... technical consultant
Marie-Hélène Bourget .... technical consultant
Miryam Charles .... technical support
Geneviève Clermont .... post-production coordinator
Erik Daniel .... post-production supervisor
Joëlle Desjardins Paquette .... post-production coordinator (as Joelle Desjardins)
Paul Dion .... executive in charge of post-production
Yves Désilets .... technical support
Laurence Fillion .... technical support
Josiane Fradette .... post-production coordinator
Nicolas Gauthier .... title design
Sandra Houle .... technical support
Raphaël Rainville .... technical support
Roxane Taillon .... technical support
Arthur Tarnowski .... trailer editor
Transportation Department
Aigle Ampila .... driver
Papy Amuli .... office driver
Janvion Atundu .... driver
Philémon Basama .... driver
Éric Basanga .... driver
Riche Batabula .... driver
Junior Bayoyele .... driver
Papy Bende .... additional driver
Emmanuel Bongo .... driver
Papa Cedrick .... driver
Papa Chico .... additional driver
Élie Kalamba .... art department driver
Fabrice Kangesa .... driver
Éric Cowboy Kapita .... transportation coordinator
Nicolas Kasongo .... additional driver
Scott Kibue .... art department driver
Bosco Kilapi .... driver
Mazo Kisita .... driver
Papy Kuedi .... driver
Papa Langa .... driver
Jean-Bries M. .... driver
Dyda Makela .... driver
Gauthier Mambu .... driver
Papa Mayi .... driver
Roger Mgumbu .... driver
Pablo Miéssi .... driver
Tchiesco Msiene .... driver
Nachor Mukendi .... driver
José Munga .... driver
Jean-Brice Mvumo .... art department driver
José Ngoma .... driver
Peter Ngosa .... driver
Tina Niati .... driver
Félix Nzeza .... art department driver
Pitschou Salabiaku .... driver
Papa Simon .... driver
Papa Stone .... additional driver
Teddy Tshibangu .... driver
Alexi Tusikila .... driver
Other crew
Guy Aumond .... production accountant
Djicken Bosombo .... assistant craft service
Carine Bosongo .... second assistant accountant
Lucie Bourgouin .... release coordinator
Sophie Boyer .... script
Paula Davis .... voice director
Charly Djouma .... security
Serge Dufala .... production assistant
Jeannette Garcia .... assistant to producers
Chantal Huet .... corporate finance/accounting
Joe Ilunga .... medic
Roger Kangudia .... craft service
Pitschou Kangudié .... production assistant
Mireille Kikudi .... medic
Marie-Noëlle Legault .... first assistant accountant
Marc Leroyer .... weapons coordinator
Mamengi Alfredo Lombisi .... language coach: Lingala
Jane Lu .... production coordinator
Pascal Luneau .... acting coach: Rachel Mwanza
Pierre Magny .... script consultant
Thomas Magny .... production assistant
Nicolas Maratier .... assistant armorer
Michel Mayoyo .... production assistant
Mandé Mgey .... military special ability
Passy Mpunga .... security
Samuel Mwamba .... assistant production coordinator
Christian Semutcho .... security
Jeremy Spry .... account manager
Michée Sunzu .... production assistant
Marie-Hélène Viens .... assistant to producers
Maman Véro .... caterer
Patrick Wassy .... production assistant
Renate Wembo .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Rebelle" - Canada (original title)
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90 min
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Sensitive realistic character study drama, 5 February 2013
Author: estebangonzalez10 from Ecuador

¨We are rebels. Respect your guns. They're your new mother and father.¨

War Witch, also known as Rebelle, is a Canadian film directed by Kim Nguyen that has been nominated for this year's Academy Awards for best foreign picture. It is an enlightening film about the horrors that some children have to face in Africa when kidnapped by rebel forces. Nguyen, who also wrote the screenplay, did it in a very sensitive manner without relying on melodramatic or shocking moments. This is more of a sensitive drama focusing on a character study of a young girl's life when forced to kill her parents and join a rebel army. The harsh and violent reality of her life is softened by her innocence and supernatural mystic powers. The film combines these two elements in such a way that it makes the movie a much lighter and pleasant viewing experience. The addition of a sweet love story between her and one of the kids in the rebel army is what balances out the ultra realistic violence in her world with a touch of magical romantic moments, such as the search for the white rooster which gives the movie a much more lighter touch in midst of all the drama. The performance from Rachel Mwanza feels so real and authentic that it makes the film work as we see how this innocent girl's life changes as she becomes a woman in the midst of war. War Witch wouldn't have worked if it weren't for her unique portrayal of this character. This is a powerful film because there is no denying these things are happening in real life, and we need to put an end to this senseless brutality. Kim Nguyen does a great job with the direction of this film by adding some unique touches in the sound department, and the cinematography works really well.

The movie takes place in an undisclosed country in Africa where Komona (Rachel Mwanza), a young 14 year old pregnant girl, decides to tell her unborn child the story of her life. When she was 12, rebel forces raided her village and forced her and other children to murder their parents and join them. They were all given guns and prepared to fight for the Grand Tigre Royal (Mizinga Mwinga). She was the only child from her village to survive an early encounter against government army forces, after being warned by the ghosts of her parents to run. After this, she was considered to be a War Witch due to her mystical powers. She befriends another boy from the rebel army, who is also considered to have some sort of mystical powers and is known as the Magician (Serge Kanyinda). Together they decide to run away and hide at the Magician's uncle's home. He is known as the butcher (Ralph Prosper) and is very kind to the young kids who fall in love with each other. The Magician asks Komona to marry him, and she says that she can only marry him if he finds her a white rooster, which is extremely rare to find in that country. Despite the pleasant life she seems to be living, the ghosts still torment her, and after a brief moment of peace the rebels are back again to haunt her. Will Komona ever find peace in this senseless and brutal society she's living in?

War Witch is only about 90 minutes long, which was perfect because it could have gotten heavy handed if Nguyen had decided to expand the screenplay more. I really enjoyed that he decided to include this world of superstition in the midst of all the violence because it is a great part of the African culture which is left out sometimes. Despite the violent world in which Komona was introduced too, she also was able to find love although it was short lived. Nguyen found a perfect balance between this horrific world and the magical romantic one that Komona lived in. This will not win the Oscar, because Amour is a lock at this point, but it still is a unique film that is worth checking out if you 're into foreign films. I really enjoyed this film, although I wouldn't call it a masterpiece. It isn't groundbreaking, but is worth seeing for the story and performances alone.

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