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War Witch(Rebelle)

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Canada
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2012

1h 30m

Director Kim Nguyen
Starring Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda, Mizinga Mwinga

Genre Drama, War

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child the miraculous story of her life during war. It all began when she was abducted by rebel forces at the age of 12. Initially forced to do unthinkable acts, Komona somehow recovers. Guided by visions, she finds magic, love and adventure in her future.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

Managing to be neither sentimental nor sensationalistic, the film tells its story from the heart, and from the simple, straightforward viewpoint of young heroine Komona, warmly played by the talented Rachel Mwanza in her screen debut.
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Slant Magazine by Calum Marsh

Though ostensibly a character study, it's nevertheless characterized by the vaguely moralizing tone of an issue film, one whose candor in the face of brutality seems calculated for maximum liberal appeal.
83

Film.com by Jordan Hoffman

It does a marvelous job at giving us an impressionistic taste of horrific circumstances without using them to beat us into submission.
80

Variety by Leslie Felperin

Along with the moral lesson, Nguyen remembers to give auds some pleasures, including the exquisitely chosen soundtrack of African folk and pop music, Nicolas Bolduc's cinematography and the very artful use of sound throughout.
90

The New York Times by Stephen Holden

Superstition, witchcraft, exorcism, talismans that ward off evil: in this land of the supernatural, irrationality prevails. But War Witch is so cleareyed that it makes you wonder how much more irrational this world is than the so-called civilized one under its camouflage of material wealth.
91

The A.V. Club by Tasha Robinson

War Witch is a remarkably mature portrait that trusts its audience to have their own reactions to its material; it doesn’t yank at the heartstrings so much as expertly strum them.

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