Thursday, September 12, 2013

War Witch (Rebelle) (2012)

Director: Kim Nguyen. Cast: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda. 90 min. Not Rated. Canada. Drama/War.

Twelve-year Sub-Saharan Africa girl is forced by rebels to kill her parents, ceremoniously hired as a child soldier, and then discovered to have the ability to see ghosts - making her a valuable asset among rebels as a "War Witch". Another example of cinema portraying settings impossible to see in your own lifetime. As opposed to the somewhat shallow Blood Diamond (2006), this Oscar-nominated film astonishingly treats these murderous child soldiers as real human beings, capable of emotion, laughter, and even love. Strangely, you'll find yourself sympathizing with these children, and questioning how responsible one is for one's own actions.

PS #1: Done. All of this past year's Oscar nominees for Best Foreign-Language Film (Amour, Kon-Tiki, No, A Royal Affair, and War Witch) have been reviewed, and all but one got Mojos. See how I find good obscure films?

PS #2: This also just started streaming on Netflix two days ago.

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