Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is only 12 years old when she is kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her "War Witch"), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician (Serge Kanyinda). Together, they manage to escape the rebels' clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. But after their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The movie is committed to revealing the world through Komona's eyes, and you never feel a taint of voyeurism or condescension. It stays true to her.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 02.28.2013
A powerful and upsetting portrait of a young girl compelled into unimaginably horrific circumstances.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 03.14.2013
The powerful things we expect from "War Witch" are as advertised, but what we don't expect is even better.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 03.07.2013
War Witch gives us a continent's tragedy in a young girl's face.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 12.17.2013