We are very lucky. Much as we may complain about various injustices in our country – and rightfully so – we can at least wake up every morning in the comfort of our own homes and feel safe. Well, most of us can; there are some pretty shady neighborhoods out there, not to mention homelessness. But leaving aside semantics, we don't generally worry about war invading our neighborhoods or our homes. We don't worry about being killed or raped or kidnapped by enemy soldiers. I don't worry about my daughter being taken away from me by some foreign force while I sit with a gun to my head. I feel safe in my home and in my community
Imagine a civil war happening right outside your door – and invading your home. This is what happens in War Witch, the newest installment in the Louisville Exclusives series at Village 8. Rachel Mwanza stars as Komona, a girl in Sub-Saharan Africa abducted when she was twelve by rebel forces fighting in a civil war. After being forced to kill her own parents, she is conscripted into their service. At age fourteen, she is pregnant, telling the child inside her her story.
War Witch was Canada's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and was in fact nominated, though it lost to Austria's submission, Michael Haneke's Amour.
War Witch is scheduled to play at Village 8 until this Thursday, April 4, but this may be subject to extension. Village 8 is located at 4014 Dutchmans Lane. Further theater information and showtimes can be found at the Village 8 website.
Image: Internet Movie Database
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