Foreign Film: War Witch

01/01/0001, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

$8/$6 Brooks members and students with valid i.d., free with VIP Film Pass. map


Filmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and featuring an incredible soundtrack of African folk and pop music, this nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Academy Awards tells the story of 12-year old Komona, kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, Komona finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her “War Witch”), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician. Together, they manage to escape the rebels’ clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. But after their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past.  

Presented in conjunction with Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in Nineteenth Century American Art, on view at the Brooks through May 12.  

Director: Kim Nguyen
Canada | 2012 | 90 minutes 
French and Lingala with English subtitles.


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