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GIBSONS September 28

Rebelle [War Witch]

Canada 2012, 90 min, drama. French with English subtitles.
Director: Kim Nguyen

Photo in a still from 'Rebelle'

Realistic images are interspersed with dream sequences which are rooted in African legends and which resonate with infinite grief about hardship and misery. Despite all the horrors she encounters, Komona proves to be a beacon of hope for a continent yearning for peace and humanity. Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Komona, a 14 year old girl, tells her unborn child the story of how she became a rebel. It all began when she was 12; kidnapped by the rebel army, she was forced to carry a AK 47 and kill. Her only escape and friend is magician, a 15 year old boy who wants to marry her. Despite the horrors and daily grind of war, Komona and Magician fall in love.

They thought they had escaped the war, but fate decided otherwise. In order to survive, Komona will need to return to where she came from and make amends with her past. Around them, war rages on….

A tale set in Sub-Saharan Africa, WAR WITCH is a love story between two young souls caught in a violent world yet filled with beauty and magic.

This film was Canada’s 2013 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film.

"Kim Nguyen explains it like this: 'When I was fifteen I liked to write stories, and then in art class I developed my first black and white picture. As the white paper went in the chemical bath and an image appeared under the red light of the lab, I was hooked! Stories + pictures = movies.' And so it was that Nguyan became a filmmaker..." Indiewire Staff, April 2012

Still from 'Rebelle'


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War Witch. Interview with Kim Nguyen and Rachel Mwanza CBC News Montreal, April 19, 2012.

Review: War Witch. Review by Leslie Felperin in Variety, February 2012.

Rebelle: Far more than a war film. Review by Guy Dixon in The Globe and Mail, February 2012.


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