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Director
Kim Nguyen

Filmography
Selected
2002 Le Marais
2008 Truffe
2010 La cite/City of Shadows
2012 Rebelle/War Witch

Biography
He was born in 1974 in Montreal, Canada. His first feature film, Le Marais, for which he also wrote the script, received six nominations for the Prix Jutra in Quebec. His following feature films have enjoyed success in international film festivals. Rebelle is his fourth feature length film.

Main Program

War Witch / Kim Nguyen

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 rebel 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. 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. Α life lesson; a story of human resilience.


Director:Kim Nguyen
Script:Kim Nguyen
Cinematography:Nicolas Bolduc
Editing:Richard Comeau
Sound:Claude La Haye
Costumes:Éric Poirier
With:RachelMwanza (Komona), Alain Bastien (rebel lieutenant), Serge Kanyinda (Magician), Ralph Prosper (the butcher), MizingaMwinga (Great Tiger)
World Sales:Films Distribution, France T. +33 1 53103399 info@filmsdistribution.com www.filmsdistribution.com
Production Design:Emmanuel Fréchette
Producer:Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin
Production:Item 7, Canada T. +1 514 526 2772 info@item7.ca www.item7.ca
Production Country:Canada
Co-production:Studio Shen (Canada)
Format:HDCAM Color
Duration:90'
Production Year:2012
This film is being screened as part of Francophone Day
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention, Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actress (Rachel Mwanza) – Βerlin IFF 2012
Best Narrative, Best Actress (Rachel Mwanza) – Tribeca IFF 2012
Audience Award – Cambridge FF 2012, UK
Screening Schedule
JOHN CASSAVETES:Saturday, November 03, 2012 - 20:00 | ID:155
JOHN CASSAVETES:Sunday, November 04, 2012 - 22:00 | ID:256
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