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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Definitely an applauding pick of Oscar board (Y)
22 January 2013 | by shahriyar-oviSee all my reviews

During African civil war, Komona, a 14-year old African rural girl, gets abducted by some brutal rebellious chaps and bears unbearable woes, along with an unborn war child in her miserable fate. Kim Nguyen, in his path of direction, seems brilliant with the treatment of children psychology in that inhuman environment. He beautifully represents the war-witch, Komona's romance with the Magician who was also believed to have some spiritual ability just like her. The way how Komona is forced to be mature in the cruel world at her early days and her mental conflicts during her pregnancy would play with our sentiments and emotions a lot. A deep melancholy tone flows throughout the film with narratives. Definitely an applauding pick of Oscar board (Y)___


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