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War Witch

Writer/director Kim Nguyen highlights the tragic plight of child soldiers in sub-Saharan Africa with this tale of a pregnant 14-year-old girl who recalls being forced to kill her own parents and join the rebel army. Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is just 12 when the rebels ransack her village and order her to slay her parents. Subsequently taken to their camp and given an AK-47, Komona is beaten mercilessly by the rebel leader for showing weakness, but she later becomes the supreme leader's war witch after emerging as the sole survivor in a bloody battle against the government army. Amidst all of this darkness, the one light in Komona's life is Magician (Serge Kanyinda), a 15-year-old boy who shows her compassion in a world of cruelty. For a brief moment, it appears as if Komona and Magician have escaped the war, but their greatest battle has yet to be fought. Later, pregnant and haunted by the ghosts of her parents, Komona embarks on a trip back to her birthplace to make amends with her past and ensure that her unborn child has a chance to live a life free from the sins of the mother.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2013
UPC: 0767685294468
Original Release: 2012
Rating: NR
Source: New Video Group
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 11,847

Special Features

Story behind the scene; Academy award promo

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rachel Mwanza Komona
Alain Bastien Rebel Lieutenant
Serge Kanyinda Magician
Ralph Prosper The Butcher
Mizinga Mwinga Great Tiger
Jean Kabuya School Camp Coach
Jupiter Bokondji Great Tiger's Sorcerer
Starlette Mathata Komona's Mother
Alex Herabo Komona's Father
Dole Malalou Coltan Dealer
Karim Bamaraki Biker
Sephora Francoise Butcher's Mother
Jonathan Kombe Kind Policeman
Marie Dilou Exorcist
Gauna Gau Brawny Albino
Renate Wembo Clinic Nurse
Alexi Sabwe Worrying Man in Clinic
Nicolas Fransolet NGO Man
Kazadi Zadio Strong Man
Bonaventure Kabama Laughing Farmer
Angele Okito Laughing Farmer's Wife
Agnes Mujinga Old Woman in Truck
Moise Ilunga Hearse Driver
Jordan N'Tunga Jordan
Diplome Amekindra Great Tiger's Guard
Papa Michel Kid Soldier School

Technical Credits
Kim Nguyen Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Nicolas Bolduc Cinematographer
Richard Comeau Editor
Pierre Even Producer
Emmanuel Frechette Art Director,Cinematographer,Production Designer
Anne-Marie Gelinas Associate Producer
Claude La Haye Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Magny Asst. Director
Josa Maule Casting
Martin Pinsonnault Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Poirier Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Marie-Claude Poulin Producer
Kiripi Katembo Siku Casting
Bernard Gariepy Strobl Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- War Witch
1. Taken [8:51]
2. Initiation [8:35]
3. Ghosts [6:38]
4. Witch [7:53]
5. Desertion [8:27]
6. Magician [7:38]
7. White Rooster [5:22]
8. A Better Life [6:27]
9. Poison Rose [8:22]
10. The Butcher's House [6:55]
11. Homecoming [7:51]
12. On The Road [7:20]

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