2012, Canada, 128’, Color, French
Director: Kim Nguyen
Cast: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Bestien, Serge Kanyinda,
2013 Academy Awads, USA, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nomination
2012 Berlin International Film Festival Ecumenical Jury Award
2012 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Berlin Bear Best Actress
2014 Black Reel Awards, Won Black Reel
2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival, SIGNIS Award Nomination
The sensitively imagined story of a child soldier in Africa.
Canadian director Kim Nguyen’s drama centers on a 12-year-old African girl, who is abducted from her village by vicious armed rebels and forced to wage war as a child soldier.
Somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, in a small isolated village, Komona, a twelveyear-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. She is soon brought to Great Tiger, the supreme leader of all the rebels, who makes her his war witch. 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.