Canadian director Kim Nguyen tells the haunting tale of a 12-year-old Komona -- a girl kidnapped by a rebel army and forced to commit atrocious crimes -- including shooting her own parents. War Witch
(also know by its French name Rebelle
) was shot in the Congo and features child actors plucked off the streets of Kinshasa -- including Rachel Mwanza, the film's multiple award-winning lead actress.
From the Best of Q's 2012 TIFF Coverage, Nguyen speaks to Jian about how
he brought the harrowing tale to life, and the real world tragedies endured by child soldiers.
Nguyen's tale of intense love and heart-wrenching loss has since seen national and international acclaim, including an Oscar nomination
as well as top honours at Quebec's 15th annual Jutra awards
and the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards