WAR WITCH (Rebelle)

War-Witch-EOFF2013* E. Oregon Premiere


Director & Writer Kim Nguyen

The sensitively imagined story of a child soldier in Africa makes War Witch a genre benchmark and a breakout work for writer-director Kim Nguyen.”
The Hollywood Reporter


Komona, a 14 year old girl, tells her unborn child the story of how she became a rebel. It all began when she was 12; kidnapped by the rebel army, she was forced to carry a AK 47 and kill. Her only escape and friend is magician, a 15 year old boy who wants to marry her. Despite the horrors and daily grind of war, Komona and Magician fall in love.

War Witch

They thought they had escaped the war, but fate decided otherwise. In order to survive, Komona will need to return to where she came from and make amends with her past.

Around them, war rages on….

A tale set in Sub-Saharan Africa, WAR WITCH is a love story between two young souls caught in a violent world yet filled with beauty and magic.

WAR WITCH is a life lesson, a story of human resilience.

The Trailer

About the Filmmaker

In 2002, Kim Nguyen wrote and directed his first feature film: Le Marais. The film received 6 Jutra nominations including Best Film and Best Director. His second feature, Trufe, which he wrote, directed and produced, stars Roy Dupuis and was the opening film at Montreal‘s FANTASIA Film Festival in 2008. It also garnered international awards including Best Film at the Karlovy Vary Fresh Film Festival. In 2009 he directed La Cité, an international co-production starring Jean Marc Barr.

War Witch, his latest feature was entirely shot in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in July 2011. Presented in Official Competition at Berlin International Film Festival War Witch received the Silver Bear for Best Actress (Rachel Mwanza) and a special mention from the Ecumenical Jury.