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471 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

Critics reviews

A firm refusal of the charge that Canadian filmmaking is unable to see much farther than its own backyard, Kim Nguyen’s Rebelle tackles a complex sociopolitical situation without reducing it to easy lessons learned.
September 01, 2012
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What are people saying?

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Anni ka's rating of the film War Witch

    Movie about violating many rights children should have according to the Convention on the Rights of a Child.. Most dominating were the rights that children shouldn`t be involved in an armed conflict and of course they shouldn`t be physically abused This treaty is actually also ratified in Congo, but I guess it is very difficult for the state to fight against the rebels who disobey the laws.

  • 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.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film War Witch

    Bravo! Economy of dialogue, brilliant plot, uniform tone, stupendous acting, and 90 minutes short. So great to see the story of a child soldier from a girl's point of view. The original title of "Rebelle" is better than "War Witch," as she is a rebel in so many senses of the word. Devastating when she wears the Abercrombie t-shirt: help from the West only reaches her via empty capitalist status signifiers.

  • mpho3's rating of the film War Witch

    Move over white rabbit, the white rooster's in town. LATimes notes that Nguyen's film is "less about war and child soldiers than it is about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances. His inspiration came a Burmese guerrilla group known as God's Army in the '90s who were believed by their followers to have magic powers." This deeply affecting work is brilliantly conceived and realized.

  • 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...

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