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Tribeca Film Acquires Rights to Berlin Silver Bear Winner 'War Witch'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 13, 2012 at 2:23PM

Tribeca Film has acquired the rights to Kim Nguyen's "War Witch," which had its world premiere and garnered a Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, and took home the Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. The talented actress in question is 15-year-old Rachel Mwanza, who was discovered on the streets of Kinshasa, Congo.
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"War Witch"
Tribeca Film "War Witch"

Tribeca Film has acquired the rights to Kim Nguyen's "War Witch," which had its world premiere and garnered a Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, and took home the Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. The talented actress in question is 15-year-old Rachel Mwanza, who was discovered on the streets of Kinshasa, Congo.

Shot in the Congo, "War Witch" follows 12-year-old Kamona (Mwanza), a young girl kidnapped by African rebels, forced at gunpoint to kill her family and then fight as a child soldier in the African jungle against the government. But there's a supernatural aspect: Kamona can see pale grey ghosts in the jungle trees that warn her of approaching enemies. Deemed an invaluable asset to the rebel army and given the title of War Witch by rebel leader Great Tiger, Kamona finds herself saddled with a life even further away from stable normalcy.

Tribeca Film plans a multiple-platform release for "War Witch" for the first quarter of 2013. In the meantime, let's see that trailer soon!

This article is related to: Tribeca Film, Berlin International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.