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Young actress from Congo is granted visa for the Oscars

Once living on the streets, star of 'War Witch' Rachel Mwanza prepares for movie's biggest night

NEW YORK (AP) -- The 16-year-old star of the Oscar-nominated "War Witch" has been granted a visa to travel from Congo for the Academy Awards.

The film's distributor, Tribeca Film, said Wednesday that Rachel Mwanza will be able to attend upcoming award shows, including Sunday's Oscars.

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"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 African revolution.

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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3Comments
Feb 21, 2013 8:59AM
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I will be excited this year to see who wins.
Feb 21, 2013 10:53AM
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I like him, but why on earth is the thumbnail of Seth McFarlane instead of Mwanza when I try and share this article?? MSN, please fix.
Feb 21, 2013 9:13AM
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Why is she dressing like a grandma she is only 16? She should take that veil off.
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