WAR WITCH

REBELLE

By Kim NGUYEN

ITEM 7 INC. - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2012

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.

Festivals
& Awards

Sitges - Intl Fantastic FF of Catalonia 2012
Oficial noves vision New Vision Prize
Berlin International Film Festival 2012
Won Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention
Berlin International Film Festival 2012
Won Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actress
Tribeca Film Festival 2012
Won Jury Award
Palm Spring IFF 2013
Best Foreign Language Film
Academy Awards 2013
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • CANADA, CONGO
    • Languages
    • FRENCH-CANADIAN, LINGALA
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kim NGUYEN
    • Writer(s)
    • Kim NGUYEN
    • Producer(s)
    • Marie-Claude POULIN (Item 7), Pierre EVEN (Item 7)
    • Synopsis
    • Somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, in a small isolated village, Komona, a twelve year-old girl, lived peacefully with her parents until the day the rebels came. They pillaged the village, captured Komona and forced her to commit an irreparable act: slay her parents.
      In the rebels’ camp, the training is merciless: Komona is hungry, scared, and the Rebel Leader, who has no pity for her tears, repeatedly beats her if she cries. She quickly learns to endure, to fight and above all, to survive. During a battle waged against the government’s army, only Komona is spared. The rebels chief sees this as a sign and declares she is the new sorceress. She is soon brought to Great Tiger, the supreme leader of all the rebels, who makes her his war witch.
      Only one person is willing to help and listen to her, a 15 year-old-boy named Magician. With the passing months, Magician and Komona fall in love. They experience an all too brief moment of what happiness can be. The war catches up with them.
      Time passes… Komona is now 14 and pregnant. She wishes to forget the past, but her parents’ ghosts keep reappearing. She soon realizes that if she doesn’t want her parents’ ghosts to haunt her baby, she must undertake the long journey that will lead her back to her birthplace.
      WAR WITCH is a life lesson, a story of human resilience.
    • Production schedule
    • Completed
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