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410 Ratings

War Witch


Directed by Kim Nguyen
Canada, 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.

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War Witch Directed by Kim Nguyen

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2012 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

2012 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Academy Awards

2013 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Independent Spirit Awards

2013 | Nominee: Best International Film

What are people saying?

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film War Witch

    A difficult yet captivating watch that treads similar child soldier territory to Johnny Mad Dog yet offers a far deeper and character centred perspective. The performances and camera work appear to be in perfect synch and the films succeeds wonderfully in communicating a tangible sense of loss and the pain of a damaged psyche.. 4 stars

  • Mugino's rating of the film War Witch

    This has been a year of extraordinary performances by girls ("Beasts of the Southern Wild", "Just the Wind") among which Rachel Mwanza is a standout. War movies sometimes rely too much on the horrors alone to evoke emotion -- a cheap trick like gore in horror movies -- but Nguyen illuminates a spectrum of human experience, including unexpected humor and tenderness. This is Canadian multiculturalism at its best.

  • Vinod Narayan's rating of the film War Witch

    An extremely powerful and disturbing movie War Witch (Rebelle) is a French-Canadian movie that goes into the mind of a child soldier as she tells the story to her unborn child. The movie was nominated in the best foreign movie category for the 85th Academy Award in 2013...

  • Peter's rating of the film War Witch

    Though perhaps an oversimplification, one might describe the experience as a hybrid of Cate Shortland's Lore, the intimately observed and exquisitely filmed travelogue through a harrowing ordeal, and the magical realism as narrated by an innocent, as per Behn Zeitlin's Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Austere, yet stylish, and worth checking out for Mwanza's impressive performance.

  • Nutter Jr's rating of the film War Witch

    The story of a 12 year old narrating to her unborn child the harrowing story of how she ended up in the rebel forces in an unnamed country in Africa and what she'd been through. Manages to mesmerize the audience with a mix of great acting, exquisite soundtrack of African music, extraordinary cinematography including the hair raising depictions of the spirits of the dead. Will not be forgotten easily.

  • saiths's rating of the film War Witch

    this was so beautiful and tragic. i'm still trying to properly sort out my thoughts but my god there's just so much ground to cover with this film. it was so well thought out and downright heartbreaking. this is why i love cinema.

  • Diego Carrera's rating of the film War Witch

    I just got impressed with Rachel Mwanza playing Komona. Her character is so detailly composed that is hard to know that she herself was abandoned by her parents when she was age six. This film isn't only a film: it's a vivid and clear cry of hope.

  • Victor Emiliano Martinez's rating of the film War Witch

    Es una película que parece ser un documental, es muy real y habla claramente del sufrimiento de esta chica, por todo lo que pasa pero que sin embargo se hace en un sentido fría porque no le queda de otra pues ahora tiene que defender a la pandilla que mato a su familia, es muy entretenida y tiene tomas en mano muy seguidas ademas se ve quenecesito mucho presupuesto pues tiene un color de naturalidad muy limpia.

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