At 14, Komona has lived through horrors that eclipse an adult's worst nightmares. In this mesmerising, otherworldly drama, shot entirely in the Democratic Republic of Congo, comes a story of incredible human resilience. In the rebels' camp, the training is merciless. Komona quickly learns to endure, to fight and above all, to survive. During a battle waged against the government army, only Komona is spared. The rebel chief sees this as a sign and declares she is the new sorceress. She is soon brought to Great Tiger, the supreme leader of all the rebels, who makes her his war witch. Only one person is willing to help and listen to Komona, a 15 year-old boy named Magician. Komona wishes to forget the past, but her parents' ghosts keep reappearing. She soon realises that if she doesn't want her parents' ghosts to haunt her, she must journey back to her birthplace to lay her parents' souls to rest. 2013 Academy Award® Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Silver Bear for Best Actress Rachel Mwanza Berlin Film Festival 2012
Rebel armed groups and government armies are responsible for horrific human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the conflict in the east, Human Rights Watch has documented thousands of killings and rapes, as well as abductions, forced labor, and the razing of villages by the Congolese army and a Rwandan-backed militia. In northern Congo, in areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, Human Rights Watch has uncovered widespread atrocities against villagers, including killings, forced conscription of children and torture, and advocated for the international community to apprehend the main perpetrators. Congolese people have suffered greatly from this violence, but they have worked to maintain both their resilience and humanity. Human Rights Watch has supported their efforts to make known their desire to see an end to abuses, to achieve justice and accountability, and to obtain greater protection from the United Nations and other international forces.