*Rachel Mwanza, who won best actress prizes in Berlin and Tribeca last year for her lead performance in “War Witch,” has been granted a visa to travel from Congo to North America in order to attend the Oscars on Sunday and other awards shows, reports Deadline.com.
“War Witch” is nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Mwanza, 15, was a non-pro when she was discovered living on the streets of Kinshasa and was cast in the movie about a 12-year-old girl who is kidnapped by African rebels, forced to kill her parents at gunpoint and then fight as a child soldier against the government.
According to Tribeca Film, which acquired “War Witch” for North America, the filmmakers continue to provide her with a caregiver and oversee her education.
The film is directed by Kim Nguyen is also nominated as Best International Film at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards, has 12 nominations for Canadian Screen Awards on March 3 and 9 nominations for Québec’s Jutras on March 17.
Tribeca is platforming the film starting March 1 in New York, then March 8 in Los Angeles and in select cities thereafter. It will be available VOD from February 26.
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