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Rebelle

War witch
(DVD - 2013 - French)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A brutal yet poetic snapshot of life as one of Africa's child soldiers, following a young girl who is kidnapped from her village by a group of rebel fighters. Forced to gun down members of her family and enemy soldiers, she takes solace in fellow soldier Magician, a young albino with whom she escapes and starts a new life.
Title: Rebelle
War witch
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [Canada] : Mongrel Media, c2013.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features include: audio commentary by director Kim Nguyen; photo gallery.
Summary: A brutal yet poetic snapshot of life as one of Africa's child soldiers, following a young girl who is kidnapped from her village by a group of rebel fighters. Forced to gun down members of her family and enemy soldiers, she takes solace in fellow soldier Magician, a young albino with whom she escapes and starts a new life.
Alternate Title: War witch
Statement of Responsibility: une production Item 7 en coproduction avec Studios Shen ; un film écrit et réalisé par Kim Nguyen ; produit par Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin
Credits: Director of photography, Nicolas Bolduc ; editor, Richard Comeau.
Performers: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Bastien, Serge Kanyinda, Ralph Prosper, Mizinga Mwinga.
System Details: DVD; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation.
Other Language: French and Lingala dialogue; optional French and English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Child soldiers Africa Drama. Kidnapping Africa Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Foreign films.
Motion pictures, Canadian.
French language materials.
Lingala language materials.
Topical Term: Child soldiers
Kidnapping
Publisher No: DVD4927
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Apr 25, 2014
  • karmafarmer rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The number of subtitled movies I watch are limited. With a minimal dialogue I didn't feel distracted by the reading, nor that I was missing any of the body language or details of the shot. The story of the atrocities in this young girl's life had my full attention throughout. Kudos to the director for not having the violence explicit; to some degree though, it softens the horrible truth that these events have actually gone on for years to people just a plane flight from where we live.

Mar 21, 2014
  • kurasawa1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really liked this movie

Ce film a gagné des prix pour Meilleure actrice, à l'Ours d'argent 62 Internationale Filmfestspiele, Berlin en 2012, ainsi que Meilleur film et Meilleure actrice au Tribeca Film Festival, aussi en 2012 et a représenté le Canada aux Oscars en 2013.
Voir aussi www.warwitch.com
"C'est l'histoire de Komona, une adolescente de 14 ans, qui raconte à l'enfant qui grandit en son ventre l'histoire de sa vie depuis qu'elle a été enlevée et forcée à faire la guerre." (du site web)

Sep 18, 2013
  • 0cho rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A poorly done movie about child soldiers in Africa. The main character doesn’t have many lines so it’s hard to get any emotion out of her. Also, things happen too fast so you don’t get to see the bond that was built (how was the relationship with her parent’s?, friends? Etc), so when she loses them you don’t feel sad. All in all, you never get into the main character, which is really a shame. I was expecting to be on a real emotional rollercoaster, but that was not the case. The movie Blood Diamonds does a way better job in handling this subject matter.

Aug 31, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An excellent film by Quebec director Kim Nguyen on the life of a child soldier in Africa. The lead girl actress, not a professional actor, delivered a great performance together with the rest of the cast. Shot in Congo, this is a moving story well told by a gifted director who has taken much time to study this issue. English subtitles.

Jul 28, 2013
  • RDL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I expected this to show as a low budget film but was pleasantly surprised at Nguyen's accomplishment. Certainly Mwanza was impressive but to make a credible film in such impossible conditions is astounding.

Contrary to today's tendencies the CGI was used to show the local beliefs rather than simply wow spectators.

Jun 12, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Rebelle” aka “War Witch” portrays Komona, a teen-age African girl kidnapped and forced to join an insurgent armed force. When Komona survives a shoot-out from an army ambush, she is deemed by the insurgent commander to be a “War Witch,” in other words, a person with almost magical powers. The film includes the topic of ghosts, not those of Western cartoons or Western gore flicks, but more on the level of Shakespeare or Japanese classic films. These types of ghosts deal with the demand that Komona respect her ancestral and cultural heritage.

May 14, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A somber look at the victims made to partake in wars at very young ages and how they "coped".

a hypnotic film about innocence lost and regained with probably the best performance by an actress in 2012.
Rachel Mwanza is truly amazing and anchors this brutal story with her phenomenal heart and talent.

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