Tribeca Film has picked up USA rights to the harrowing, yet beautiful tale of courage and resiliency, otherwise known as War Witch, which I saw at the Tribeca Film Festival 2 months ago, and really dug (you can read my review of it HERE).
Directed by Kim Nguyen, the Congo-set tale saw its star, newcomer Rachel Mwanza, win the prestigious Golden Bear award for best actress at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year – and it was certainly well-deserved.
She also won the same award at Tribeca Film Fest, where the film simultaneously picked up the award for best narrative feature.
Also known as Rebelle, the film’s synopsis reads as follows:
At 14, Komona has lived through horrors that eclipse any adult’s worst nightmares. In this mesmerizing, otherworldly drama, shot entirely in the Congo, she confides to the baby growing inside of her the harrowing story of her life since rebel warlords stormed her village. Fortified by eerily mystical powers and the warming friendship of an albino boy, the sensitive girl battles through this dire, war-ravaged world enchained as a child soldier.
Tribeca Film plans to release the film on multiple platforms (as it’s done with past pickups) in early 2013.
Watch the trailer below: