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Rebelle (War Witch)

“When we take the magic milk from the tree, we can see things. We see ghosts all over. When I see the ghosts it helps me do the job, because I see the ghosts. I don’t see the red meat leaking red on the ground. All I see are the ghosts that walk in the forest. There are many, many ghosts here, You wouldn’t believe. Too many ghosts. Even when I sleep, I see ghosts inside my head.”

Dir. Kim Nguyen

War Witch (Rebelle) (2013)

When we take the magic milk from the tree, we can see things. We see ghosts all over. When I see the ghosts it helps me do the job, because I see the ghosts. I don’t see the red meat leaking red on the ground. All I see are the ghosts that walk in the forest. There are many, many ghosts here, You wouldn’t believe. Too many ghosts. Even when I sleep, I see ghosts inside my head. 135/365

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#17 - Komona

War Witch (2012), Rachel Mwanza, 14 yrs. old

Easily one of the most demanding performances of all time… but for Mwanza it was all stuff she’s actually lived through. Director Kim Nguyen picked her up off the streets of Brazzaville and threw her in front of a camera in a role that called for her to be physically beaten, raped, and to give birth.

50 Favorite Child Performances

Rebelle/War Witch (2012)

“Rebelle” also known as “War Witch” took my breath away. The incredibly intense and realistic story about child soldiers in Africa. Kids who get abducted from home, are forced to kill their parents, and then fight against the government soldiers. This particular story is about Komona a 14-year-old girl, who tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything starts when she gets abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12. 

Written and directed by Kim Nguyen, who keeps the camera always close on whats going on, sometimes so close you can’t take it. The film is in French, and plays somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa. “War Witch” impressed me, it brings attention to the problems of child soldiers, and there aren’t that many movies about them, so I absolutely recommend this to everyone who’s interested in that subject. The actress who plays Komona, Rachel Mwanza, also did a great job and completely convinced me. Nominated for an Oscar “Best Foreign Language Film of the Year”, I hope it wins, it’s definitely one of my favorites.

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKXEh_kfPCY

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