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This film is presented at Stateside at the Paramount in HD digital presentation on Blu-ray.
Stateside at the Paramount is proud to host the Austin Premiere of WAR WITCH, one of this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Film!
Komona (Rachel Mwanza) 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 (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her "War Witch"), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician (Serge Kanyinda). 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.
In addition to its Academy Award nomination, WAR WITCH has won numerous other prizes, including Best Narrative Feature at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. In particular, Mwanza’s staggering lead performance has brought her worldwide critical acclaim, including the Best Actress Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Visually breathtaking and emotionally heartwrenching, this is a film that ought to be seen in a movie theatre. So don’t miss this opportunity to experience the film in its Austin premiere!
Have a look at what critics are saying about the film, then take a peek at the trailer:
- “Critics’ Pick! - War Witch is so cleareyed that it makes you wonder how much more irrational this world is than the so-called civilized one under its camouflage of material wealth. (The film) shows a lot of gunfire but little actual bloodshed. (It) is committed to revealing the world through Komona’s eyes, and you never feel a taint of voyeurism or condescension. It stays true to her.” – Stephen Holden
The Los Angeles Times – “The powerful things we expect from "War Witch" are as advertised, but what we don't expect is even better. Though its story sounds as familiar as ever-present newspaper headlines, "War Witch" has found a way to make it stand out from the crowd.” – Kenneth Turan
Indiewire – “Blending a surrealist perspective of battle-tinged faith with the harrowing tale of one girl's resilience, the film is a laser-focused fable…with a wrenching lead performance by Rachel Mwanza that results in one of the finest of the year.” – Charlie Schmidlin
Event Parking Information
Secure covered parking is offered to patrons at the One American Center parking garage, conveniently located one block from the Paramount at 600 Congress. Your $8.00 parking pass may be purchased at the garage entrance from the parking attendant (cash only). Garage hours and availability vary by event. For additional parking information, please click here.