War Witch
aka Rebelle
First screened in October 2012
Director: Kim Nguyen. Cast: Rachel Mwanza, Serge Kanyinda, Mizinga Mwinga, Ralph Prosper, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Starlette Mathata, Alex Herabo, Sephora Françoise, Jupiter Bokondji, Dole Malalou, voice of Diane Uwamahoro. Screenplay: Kim Nguyen.

Twitter Capsule: Harrowing if vaguely familiar child-soldier drama takes surprising turns into mythic imagery and complex introspection.

VOR:   Stories set in this part of the world, with its heinously under-reported and brutally violent conflicts, are rare enough. Ones this accomplished and riskily stylized even rarer.

Photo © 2012 Item 7/Shen Studio, © 2013 Tribeca Film

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Foreign Language Film

Other Awards:
Berlin Film Festival: Best Actress (Mwanza); Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Special Mention)

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