War Witch, a Canadian-made film about a young girl who escapes from the African rebels who forced her to be a child soldier, was named Best Narrative Feature at the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival. “This indelible character study of a girl who becomes a woman before our eyes in the midst of harrowing war gives words to the unspeakable,” said the jury, which included Patricia Clarkson, Dakota Fanning, Mike Newell, EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum, Jim Sheridan, and Irwin Winkler. “Riveting, heartbreaking, vivid, and eloquent, the movie balances scenes of crazy enemy hatred with moments of luminous private love.”
Rachel Mwanza, who played the 14-year-old Komona in War Witch, directed by Kim Nguyen, also won for Best Actress. “A nonprofessional actress, this remarkable young woman — barely a teenager when the movie was shot — so fully inhabits her role that there are no borders to her stunning performance, no distance at all between the actress and the unforgettable character Komona,” declared the jury.
Click below for a complete listing of all the awards. The winners of the Heineken Audience Awards, determined by audience votes throughout the Festival, will be announced on April 28. Screenings of all winning films will take place throughout the final day of the festival, Sunday, April 29. READ FULL STORY »