"War Witch," directed by Montreal filmmaker Kim Nguyen, is nominated for best
foreign language film as Canada's submission.
Shot entirely in the Congo, Mwanza was cast despite no prior acting
experience. She had been living at her grandmother's house and on the streets
before Nguyen picked her to play a child soldier caught up in an unspecified
Mwanza won best actress at both the Berlin Film Festival and the Tribeca Film
Festival last year. "War Witch" opens in New York theaters March 1.
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