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War Witch (French title: Rebelle) is a 2012 Canadian drama film, directed by Kim Nguyen and starring Rachel Mwanza, dealing with one girl's experiences in the midst of a Civil War somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa.

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature Film and swept the new Canadian Screen Awards, winning 10 including Best Picture.


This film provides examples of:

  • Child Soldiers: Komona and most of her entourage.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Komona names her baby after Magicien.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Magicien. Also his uncle Boucher, who, appropriately enough, is a butcher.
  • Happily Married: Komona and Magicien, not for long.
  • Hope Spot: Komona and Magicien's time as a married couple.
  • Sadistic Choice: Right at the beginning, we're treated to Komona being forced to shoot her own parents to spare them being hacked to death by the soldiers. Later she has to face the same decision towards her husband.
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  • Screaming Birth: All the worse for the fact that she has to do it completely alone and in the bush.
  • Self-Made Orphan: The rebels force Komona to shoot her parents.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: subverted.
  • War Is Hell

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