Presented in association with Speak To Me
Directed by Kim Nguyen
Starring: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Bastien, Serge Kanyianda, Ralph Prosper, Mizinga Mwinga
A wholly unexpected coming-of-age story, this vibrant saga of a child soldier locates the humanity and hope in a brutal world. Fourteen-year-old Komona (played by the extraordinary Rachel Mwanza, discovered on the streets of Kinshasa) has an extra sense, and detects the rebels’ boats approaching her tiny village. But resistance proves futile, and she finds her childhood abruptly, horrifically interrupted as soldiers take her away with other adolescents for training in guerilla warfare. Montreal- based writer-director Kim Nguyen, eschewing dogma, never names the African country or any political or revolutionary philosophy but keeps our focus resolutely on Komona, whose eerie sixth sense elevates her standing with both the rebel leader and an already infatuated albino boy called Magicien. Visually transporting, especially in surreal dream sequences, the film grounds its humane core in a deep appreciation of African myth and culture. Mwanza’s unforgettable, life-affirming performance rightly took Best Actress honors at the Berlin and Tribeca film festivals.
Film Note Writer: Michael Fox