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Some of you may have heard of the Canadian film, ‘War Witch (Rebelle)’, which debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.
‘War Witch (Rebelle)’ is filmed entirely in the Congo, and follows the story of 14-year-old Komona (played by Rachel Mwanza). It tells the story of her life since rebel warlords stormed her village, focusing on her hopes for the future. This is the first Canadian film that the Berlin International Film Festival has picked in 12 years.
Rachel Mwanza’s performance was so powerful it earned her a Silver Bear award for Best Actress at the 62nd Annual Berlin International Film Festival. The film will be competing in New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in the World Narrative competition. The Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 18-29 in New York.
Somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, in a small isolated village, Komona, a twelve-year-old girl, lived peacefully with her parents until the day the rebels came. They pillaged the village, captured Komona and forced her to commit an irreparable act: slay her parents.
In the rebels’ camp, the training is merciless: Komona is hungry, scared, and the Rebel Leader, who has no pity for her tears, repeatedly beats her if she cries. She quickly learns to endure, to fight and above all, to survive. During a battle waged against the government’s army, only Komona is spared. The rebels chief sees this as a sign and declares she is the new sorceress. She is soon brought to Great Tiger, the supreme leader of all the rebels, who makes her his war witch.
Only one person is willing to help and listen to her, a 15 year-old-boy named Magician. With the passing months, Magician and Komona fall in love. They experience an all too brief moment of what happiness can be. The war catches up with them.
Time passes… Komona is now 14 and pregnant. She wishes to forget the past, but her parents’ ghosts keep reappearing. She soon realizes that if she doesn’t want her parents’ ghosts to haunt her baby, she must undertake the long journey that will lead her back to her birthplace.