Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, War Witch tells the harrowing tale of Komona, a young female child soldier, taken from her village at a young age. Gifted with a second sight, Komona is elevated to the status of a protected witch within the rebellion, but this does nothing to keep her safe. Blending magical realism with the harsh realities of conflict, War Witch shows the shocking conditions some children face around the world. But even as the film deals with the darkest of themes, its ethereal cinematography and the romance between Komona and the fifteen-year old Magician make this film so much more than a war movie. The performance of Rachel Mwanza (Komona) keeps the viewer enthralled as we travel with this young girl just trying not just to survive, but to make a life for herself.
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards, 2013
Best Actress, Berlin International Film Festival, 2012
Best Narrative Feature, Best Actress, Tribeca Film Festival, 2012
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