Directed by Kim Nguyen
Not Rated | 90 min. | 2012 | Canada
Presented in French and Lingala with English subtitles.
Komona 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, and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magicien. 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.
Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film, 2013 Academy Awards; Nominee – Best International Film, 2013 Independent Spirit Award. Winner: Best Actress – 2012 Berlin International Film Festival; Winner; Best Narrative Feature and Best Actress – 2012 Tribeca Film Festival