War Witch
War Witch (2013)

Montreal-based filmmaker Kim Nguyen paints a poignant and harrowing portrait of Komona, a 14-year-old girl (wonderfully played by nonprofessional actress Rachel Mwanza) who has been kidnapped from her African village by rebels to become a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 1, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: War Witch is a mature, intense drama that embraces the bruatlity of its subject and invites the audience to sympathize with its protagonist's nightmarish circumstances.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It may be hard for a viewer to accept some of the paranormal goings-on in War Witch -- the ghosts, the superstitions, the otherworldly powers -- but they're nothing compared to the realities that Komona has to endure.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Nguyen brings the harshness of this world alive not with big dramatic flourishes but with an everyday tone that makes it all the more frightening. This is how it is - how else would it be?

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Dwight Brown
National Newspaper Publishers Association

Nguyen's direction and script rarely falter. It's a near-perfect blend of harsh reality and mysticism.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Atrocity and beauty somehow co-exist in War Witch.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Canadian writer-director Kim Nguyen spent nearly a decade researching this docudrama about child soldiers in Africa, and the film feels as authoritative as a first-hand account.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A powerful and unforgettable emotional viewing experience.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

War Witch gives us a continent's tragedy in a young girl's face.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A haunting take on unspeakably grim subject matter, shot on location in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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AP Kryza
Willamette Week

War Witch doesn't sermonize or propose a solution to its larger problems. It's a portrait of a life. It just so happens that said life is playing out in a living hell.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Jan Marc Macababayao
Barbaric and unforgiving, War Witch (2012, Canada) is a horrifying tale of child soldiers. Invested in the darkness of humanity although offering a brief… More
Carlos Magalhães
A sensitive drama that deserves credit for exposing a disturbing real subject without trying to be shocking or melodramatic - and it finds a perfect balance… More
Jim Hunter
A young girl is recruited to join a child army, and when she escapes and forms a relationship with a fellow soldier, she tries to find solace in a dangerous… More
Walter M.
At the age of 12, Komona's(Rachel Mwanza) village is raided by rebels. She is kidnapped along with many other youths, and forced to kill her… More
Greg S
A 12-year old girl is abducted from her African village by rebels and forced to become a child soldier; when her military commanders decide she has magical… More
Nicolas Korovessis
A remarkable story that even though it does not claim to be based on a true story, it probably is. It is the story of a 12 year old narrating to her unborn… More