War Witch is a dramatic film centering on rebel soldiers taking a young girl and others from her village and forcing her to become a rebel herself. War Witch is a nominee for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The trailer makes it pretty evident why it was chosen. This looks to be a powerful film with a great story using unknown actors (at least for American audiences).
The film stars Rachel Mwanza, Alain Bastein, Serge Kanylanda, Ralph Prosper, and Mizinga Mwinga. Kim Nguyen wrote and directed the film.
“Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is only 12 years old when she is kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her “War Witch”), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician (Serge Kanyinda). Together, they manage to escape the rebels’ clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. But after their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past.”
War Witch is already available on iTunes and will be in theatres March 1, 2o13.
Source: iTunes Trailers
by Sarah Ksiazek