Saturday, February 23, 2013

War Witch (2013 Oscar Nominated African Movie)

By MsTilii
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Have any of you watched this movie?. I never heard of it till now. It looks mighty interesting - obviously based on facts from Africa. The kind of international film festival worthy type movie i would like to watch. I wonder how i can get a hold of this to watch.?
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Sypnosis
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KOMONA , a 14 year old girl, tells her unborn child the story of how she became a rebel. It all began when she was 12; kidnapped by the rebel army, she was forced to carry a AK 47 and kill. Her only escape and friend is MAGICIAN, a 15 year old boy who wants to marry her. Despite the horrors and daily grind of war, Komona and Magician fall in love.They thought they had escaped the war, but fate decided otherwise. In order to survive, Komona will need to return to where she came from and make amends with her past. Around them, war rages on.... A tale set in Sub-Saharan Africa, KOMONA is a love story between two young souls caught in a violent world yet filled with beauty and magic.
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Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012 and is one of nine films to qualify for the shortlist for the next foreign-language film Oscar is the gripping and intensifying Canadian film, ‘War Witch,’ which was directed by French-Canadian filmmaker Kim Nguyen and starring Rachel Mwanza, Alain Bastien, Serge Kanyianda, Ralph Prosper, and Mizinga Mwinga.
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Director Kim Nguyen and lead actress Rachel Mwanza
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I wish the cast and crew the best of luck for tomorrow Oscars. I hope they win.
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Hmm - i guess Foreigners are the only ones who are able to come on our continent and tell OUR story for the world to see and tell it well and win world accolades for it (eg King of Scotland, Blood Diamond, Hotel Rwanda etc), while majority of our very own our spending their time making movies with such titles and nonsensical scripts like "BlackBerry Babes, Tears for Breast Milk, Fazebook Babes and all the BULLSHIGGIDY. We have a long way to go i tell ya. 20 plus years since we begun and still "majority" aint doing ish but mediocre "quantity" nonsense.
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Hm, Someday, Someday. We will get there. I have hope for the hopeless.
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Watch and Learn People, wake the eff  up an improve on quality scripts (and not quantity) - we have a gajillion stories to tell the world way better than "runs/aristos" , marriage, campus movies, witchcraft, plagiarizing indian movies (cough cough - abdul mumuni) etc etc . 
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Drops Mic (walk off and throws hands in the air) - going to search and find where i can find and watch this classic.
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ps: Hm, and who said Africans Did not have "great Child Actors", we do have plenty but it takes a great director to bring the best out of the child. Read  This Past Article from 2011, that I Wrote on African Child Actors
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source: http://www.blackfilm.com/read/2012/12/director-kim-nguyen-talks-war-witch

1 comment:

Adesuwa said...

PREACH!!!! Foreigners are telling our stories and we are making classics like "Village Babes" and "Mama G..." how shameful. Nigerian filmmakers love to say that the reason they can do the movies they want is money. This is clearly a lie. Money did not get this movie the recognition, the story did. I;m ashamed!!!

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