Film Festival presents Flagstaff premiere of ‘War Witch’ on April 10
Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language film debuts in monthly series
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film “War Witch” on Wednesday, April 10 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 11 Theatres.
“War Witch” is the winner of more than 29 international awards, including top awards at prestigious festivals around the world. It was also Canada’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and received the nomination.
Komona (Rachel Mwanza) — 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 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”). Her only escape is a tender relationship with a fellow soldier and friend named Magician (Serge Kanyinda) — a 15 year old boy who wants to marry her.
Despite the horrors and daily grind of war, Komona and Magician fall in love. Together, they manage to escape the rebels' clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. After their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past. 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, “War Witch” is a love story between two young souls caught in a violent world yet filled with beauty and magic.
“War Witch” is a life lesson, a story of human resilience.
Andrea Houchard and Matt Goodwin from Philosophy in the Public Interest and the Northern Arizona University Philosophy Department will lead a discussion following the film screening.
The series is made possible by a grant from the Flagstaff Community Foundation and Flagstaff Medical Center Foundation. Additional support comes from the Northern Arizona University Cinema Studies Program and Philosophy Department.
“War Witch” will be shown at Harkins Flagstaff 11 Theatres on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members ($6 for full-time students), and will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Members can purchase tickets in advance by calling 282-1177.
CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "War Witch".
Film runtime is 90 minutes.