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War Witch (2012)

Rebelle (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 23 August 2012 (Netherlands)
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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.

Director:

Kim Nguyen

Writers:

Kim Nguyen, Simon Trépanier (collaborating writer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Mwanza ... Komona
Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien ... Commandant Rebelle
Serge Kanyinda ... Magicien
Ralph Prosper Ralph Prosper ... Le Boucher
Mizinga Mwinga ... Grand Tigre Royal
Diane Uwamahoro Diane Uwamahoro ... Narration (voice)
Jean Kabuya Jean Kabuya ... Entraineur Camp École
Jupiter Bokondji Jupiter Bokondji ... Sorcier Tigre Royal
Starlette Mathata Starlette Mathata ... Mère de Komona
Alex Herabo Alex Herabo ... Père de Komona
Dole Malalou Dole Malalou ... Trafiquant Coltan
Karim Bamaraki Karim Bamaraki ... Homme à la Moto
Sephora Françoise Sephora Françoise ... Mère de Boucher
Jonathan Kombe Jonathan Kombe ... Gendarme Gentil
Marie Dilou Marie Dilou ... Exorciseuse
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Storyline

Komona, a girl in Sub-Saharan Africa, tells the story to her unborn child about her kidnapping by rebels and forced to join their bloody civil war. When she discovers a valuable intuition about the presence of the enemy, she is elevated as a witch and favored by the rebel leader. However, this special status threatens to be short-lived in this world of superstition and senseless brutality even as the ghosts of the war dead haunt her visions. However, when a newfound friend convinces her to desert, Komona finds escaping that brutal life is far from easy with its physical and spiritual consequences following her wherever she goes. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | Lingala

Release Date:

23 August 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

War Witch See more »

Filming Locations:

Democratic Republic Of Congo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,714, 3 March 2013

Gross USA:

$70,544

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$313,387
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The official entry of Canada to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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Reminded me of City of God
18 May 2013 | by maximkongSee all my reviews

There are already a few pieces of movies with the same core reference to child soldiers in Africa. They all had one thing in common - they showed us an overall birds-eye view of what child soldiering was like. This movie appeared to be steered in a different way. It is not an overall picture of things, but rather a personal ordeal told from a strong-willed girl.

Aside from some of the the wishy washy 'voodoo' and romance elements of it, there are many things worth pointing out from this movie. The key attraction is of course the fantasy side of things which artistically fit very well into the overall story. But ultimately it is a heartwarming story of survival.

The style used in this movie reminded me of City of God, not because of whether it possess the same style or the gore behind it (well it was not that gory), but the music used and the tone of the setting are unique in its own way.


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