War Witch

Synopsis: Komona, a girl in Sub-Saharan Africa, tells the story to her unborn child about her kidnapping by rebels and forced to join their bloody civil war. When she discovers a valuable intuition about the presence of the enemy, she is elevated as a witch and favored by the rebel leader. However, this special status threatens to be short-lived in this world of superstition and senseless brutality even as the ghosts of the war dead haunt her visions. However, when a newfound friend convinces her to desert, Komona finds escaping that brutal life is far from easy with its physical and spiritual consequences following her wherever she goes.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Kim Nguyen
Production: Tribeca Film
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 34 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min


You will come out

of my belly one day,

I know you will,

So I have to tell you

how I became a soldier

with the rebels,

Listen good when I talk to you

because it's very important

that you know what I did

before you come out of my belly,

Because when you come out,

I don't know if God will give me

the strength to love you,

I started to make war

when Great Tiger's rebels

kidnapped me from my village,

Kill them.

If you don't kill them,

I will...

with a machete.

They will suffer a lot.

Komona, do as he says.

You are now a rebel

of Great Tiger.

we have 1 0 kids.

Twenty AK-47s.


Sit down.

Take it. This is your mother.

This is your father.

Don't hold the gun

like that.

You have to hold it like this.


Don't ever lose it,

ever, ever.

we are rebels.

Respect your guns.

They're your new mother and father.

Look at me. why are you

looking at the ground?

When I started to make war

with the rebels,

I had to work very hard

and I had to fight against

the soldiers from the government,

because if I didn't,

they would hit me with a stick,

And I had to learn to make

the tears go inside my eyes

so they didn't see I was crying,

When my tears wanted to go outside,

I had to go in the forest

so no one would see me,

Give me the cookies!. Give!.

I have not eaten in two days!.

No one must know I gave you these.

I will tell you a story...

that tells how hard

a soldier's life is.

Look. My scar.

Look here.

It's a bullet wound.

we were told not to smoke at night,

but I smoked and I was shot.

Lift the gun. Come on, shoot.


When we take the magic milk

from the tree, we can see things,

We see ghosts all over,

When I see the ghosts,

it helps me do the job,

because when I see the ghosts,

I don't see the red meat

leaking red on the ground,

All I see are the ghosts

that walk in the forest,

There are many, many ghosts here,

You wouldn't believe,

Too many ghosts,

Even when I sleep,

I see ghosts inside my head,

I don't know if you'll believe me,

but I'm the only one from my village

who survived the bullets

of the government,

That's how they decided

that I was a witch

and that I could tell where

the demons from the government

were hiding in the forest,

we have a witch!

who will help us win

against the government!

My generals liked the things

I could see in the forest so much

that they gave me a big reward,

They sent me to see Great Tiger

so I could meet him

and become his war witch,

They say that you can see

the government soldiers

hidden in the forest.

I have a gift for you.

My wizard gave it magic powers.

When I was at

Great Tiger's camp,

I had to tell the things

I saw in my head

and I had to carry a black rock

that they called "Coltan, "

I don't know what Great Tiger

does with the Coltan,

but I think it is

very important to make war,

I saw a rebel who stole

the Coltan from Great Tiger,

and to punish him,

they dug a hole in the ground

and they put the rebel in the hole

except for his head,

I saw him each day for three days

with just his head

out of the ground,

and he died just like that,

with his mouth open

and the flies that would come

in and out of his mouth,

Don't hit

Great Tiger's witch!

Since I became

Great Tiger's witch,

the ones who tried to hurt me

would risk getting killed,

because Great Tiger

said that, with me,

he would win all the battles

and that I was sacred,

It's time to celebrate!

Ask me better than this!

Tell us!

It's a book about Great Tiger.

when he was saying his prayers

at noon, in the sun,

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Kim Nguyen

Kim Nguyen is a Canadian film director and screenwriter, best known for his 2012 film War Witch (Rebelle). The film was the top winner at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards; in addition to being named Best Picture and winning acting awards for two of its stars, Nguyen himself won the awards for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec to a Vietnamese father and a French Canadian mother, Nguyen has directed a number of feature films to date including War Witch (also known by the French title Rebelle) in 2012 and Eye on Juliet in 2017. He is a 1997 graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, having earned a BFA. more…

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