War Witch

Bill C’s Review – 4 out of 5

This is another really good 2012 Academy Award Nominated Foreign Language film. The movie tells the horrific story of Komona, a 12-year-old girl who is kidnapped and forced to become a child soldier in her (unnamed) African homeland. Komona has a gift for sensing the presence of the enemy and hence the title of the movie and her value to the rebels. Komona goes through unimaginable horrors, finds some happiness and then it’s back for more horrors before the final hopeful ending as she comes to terms with what she’s been through so she can move on with her life..

The movie is anchored by a great performance by untrained actress Rachel Mwanza. The story is well-told and I’d recommend it for anyone who doesn’t mind some violence and subtitles.

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