The Info List - Rachel Mwanza

Rachel Mwanza
Rachel Mwanza
is an actress from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, best known for her performance as Komona in the 2012 film War Witch (Rebelle). Prior to being cast in the film, she was homeless and living on the streets of Kinshasa.


1 Early life 2 Acting career 3 References 4 Further reading 5 External links

Early life[edit] Mwanza was born in 1997 in Mbuji-Mayi, the third of six siblings, and spent her early childhood in Kasai Province.[1] Her father dispatched her mother and siblings to Kinshasa
when she was eight years old, promising to rejoin them later. There, the children no longer attended school, and her mother held her responsible for the family's misfortune after a false prophet stated Mwanza was a witch.[1] He charged her mother for attempted exorcisms to rid Mwanza of witchcraft, but eventually she was thrown out on the street.[2] Mwanza spent several years living as a street child in Kinshasa
before being cast in the Canadian film War Witch
War Witch
(Rebelle).[3] She also appeared in the 2013 film Kinshasa
Kids written and directed by Marc-Henri Wajnberg.[4] She later moved to Montreal, where she attended the high school École Lucien-Pagé and lived with the family of Anne-Marie Gélinas, the associate film producer for War Witch.[1][5] Acting career[edit] Mwanza was cast in Rebelle after director Kim Nguyen
Kim Nguyen
and producers Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin saw her in a documentary film on the street kids of Kinshasa.[6] Due to her lack of education, she did not know how to read or write when she was first cast in the film; the filmmakers have since made arrangements to pay for her education and housing until she turns 18.[6] In February 2013, she was granted a visa to allow her to attend the Academy Awards,[7] as it was the Canadian entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The visit combined attendance at the awards along with promotion work for Rebelle while she was in the United States.[6] Mwanza's performance in Rebelle garnered her awards including the Silver Bear for Best Actress from the Berlin Film Festival,[3] the Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle in 2012, as well as the award for Best Actress at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards[8][9] and Québec Cinéma.[5] Mwanza subsequently wrote a book titled Survivre pour voir ce jour, describing her childhood and experiences in the hope that it would both inspire young people but also bring attention to the 20,000 children who live on the streets of Kinshasha.[2][4] References[edit]

^ a b c Auffret-Pericone, Marie (18 March 2014). "Rachel Mwanza, une survivante à Kinshasa". La Croix. Retrieved 20 November 2016.  ^ a b "Rachel Mwanza : "Je reviens du petit enfer de Kinshasa"". France 24
France 24
(in French). January 16, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2016.  ^ a b "Rachel Mwanza, the incredible destiny of a street child". Jambo News. February 29, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2016.  ^ a b Malagardis, Maria (24 February 2014). "Rachel Mwanza. Cendrillon du Congo". Retrieved 20 November 2016.  ^ a b "Rachel Mwanza, vedette du film Rebelle, de passage à l'école des Pionniers de Trois-Rivières" (in French). Radio Canada. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2016.  ^ a b c Szklarski, Cassandra (January 30, 2013). "Oscars 2013: Rebelle's African teen star trying to get visa to attend awards". Toronto Star. Retrieved October 30, 2016.  ^ "Oscars 2013: Congolese War Witch
War Witch
hopeful gets US visa". BBC News. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013.  ^ " Montreal
director Kim Nguyen's Rebelle wins two awards at Tribeca Film Festival in New York". Montreal
Gazette. April 27, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2016.  ^ Barnard, Linda (March 3, 2013). "Canadian Screen Awards raises the star wattage". Toronto Star. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

Mwanza, Rachel; Bilamba, Mbépongo Dédy (January 2014). Survivre pour voir ce jour. Michalon Éditeur. ISBN 978-2-84186-723-3. 

External links[edit]

Rachel Mwanza
Rachel Mwanza
on IMDb

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Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television award winners for Best Actress

Canadian Film Award 1968–1978

Geneviève Bujold
Geneviève Bujold
(1968) Jackie Burroughs (1969) Geneviève Bujold
Geneviève Bujold
(1970) Ann Knox (1971) Micheline Lanctôt (1972) Geneviève Bujold
Geneviève Bujold
(1973) no award (1974) Margot Kidder
Margot Kidder
(1975) Marilyn Lightstone (1976) Monique Mercure (1977) Helen Shaver
Helen Shaver

Genie Award 1980–2011

Kate Lynch (1980) Marie Tifo (1981) Margot Kidder
Margot Kidder
(1982) Rae Dawn Chong (1983) Martha Henry (1984) Louise Marleau (1985) Margaret Langrick (1986) Martha Henry (1987) Sheila McCarthy
Sheila McCarthy
(1988) Jackie Burroughs (1989) Rebecca Jenkins
Rebecca Jenkins
(1990) Pascale Montpetit (1991) Janet Wright (1992) Sheila McCarthy
Sheila McCarthy
(1993) Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh
(1994) Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
(1995) Martha Henry (1996) Molly Parker
Molly Parker
(1997) Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh
(1998) Sylvie Moreau (1999) Marie-Josée Croze
Marie-Josée Croze
(2000) Élise Guilbault (2001) Arsinée Khanjian
Arsinée Khanjian
(2002) Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley
(2003) Pascale Bussières (2004) Seema Biswas
Seema Biswas
(2005) Julie Le Breton
Julie Le Breton
(2006) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(2007) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(2008) Karine Vanasse
Karine Vanasse
(2009) Lubna Azabal
Lubna Azabal
(2010) Vanessa Paradis
Vanessa Paradis

Canadian Screen Award 2012–present

Rachel Mwanza
Rachel Mwanza
(2012) Gabrielle Marion-Rivard
Gabrielle Marion-Rivard
(2013) Anne Dorval
Anne Dorval
(2014) Brie Larson
Brie Larson
(2015) Tatiana Maslany
Tatiana Maslany
(2016) Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins

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Silver Bear for Best Actress

Elsa Martinelli
Elsa Martinelli
(1956) Yvonne Mitchell
Yvonne Mitchell
(1957) Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
(1958) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1959) Juliette Mayniel (1960) Anna Karina
Anna Karina
(1961) Rita Gam
Rita Gam
/ Viveca Lindfors
Viveca Lindfors
(1962) Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson
(1963) Sachiko Hidari
Sachiko Hidari
(1964) Madhur Jaffrey
Madhur Jaffrey
(1965) Lola Albright
Lola Albright
(1966) Edith Evans
Edith Evans
(1967) Stéphane Audran (1968) Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
/ Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1971) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1972) Kinuyo Tanaka (1975) Jadwiga Barańska
Jadwiga Barańska
(1976) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1977) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(1978) Hanna Schygulla
Hanna Schygulla
(1979) Renate Krößner (1980) Barbara Grabowska (1981) Katrin Sass
Katrin Sass
(1982) Yevgeniya Glushenko (1983) Inna Churikova
Inna Churikova
(1984) Jo Kennedy (1985) Charlotte Valandrey
Charlotte Valandrey
/ Marcélia Cartaxo (1986) Ana Beatriz Nogueira (1987) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1988) Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
(1989) Victoria Abril
Victoria Abril
(1991) Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
(1992) Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
(1993) Crissy Rock (1994) Josephine Siao (1995) Anouk Grinberg
Anouk Grinberg
(1996) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(1997) Fernanda Montenegro
Fernanda Montenegro
(1998) Juliane Köhler
Juliane Köhler
(1999) Bibiana Beglau
Bibiana Beglau
(2000) Kerry Fox
Kerry Fox
(2001) Halle Berry
Halle Berry
(2002) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
/ Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
/ Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2003) Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
/ Catalina Sandino Moreno
Catalina Sandino Moreno
(2004) Julia Jentsch
Julia Jentsch
(2005) Sandra Hüller
Sandra Hüller
(2006) Nina Hoss
Nina Hoss
(2007) Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
(2008) Birgit Minichmayr
Birgit Minichmayr
(2009) Shinobu Terajima
Shinobu Terajima
(2010) Sareh Bayat
Sareh Bayat
/ Sarina Farhadi / Leila Hatami
Leila Hatami
/ Kimia Hosseini (2011) Rachel Mwanza
Rachel Mwanza
(2012) Paulina García
Paulina García
(2013) Haru Kuroki
Haru Kuroki
(2014) Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2015) Trine Dyrholm
Trine Dyrholm
(2016) Kim Min-hee (2017)

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Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
Award for Best Actress

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (2003) Fernanda Montenegro
Fernanda Montenegro
(2004) Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman
(2005) Eva Holubová
Eva Holubová
(2006) Marina Hands
Marina Hands
(2007) Eileen Walsh (2008) Zoe Kazan
Zoe Kazan
(2009) Sibel Kekilli
Sibel Kekilli
(2010) Carice van Houten
Carice van Houten
(2011) Rachel Mwanza
Rachel Mwanza
(2012) Veerle Baetens
Veerle Baetens
(2013) Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (2014) Hannah Murray
Hannah Murray
(2015) Mackenzie Davis
Mackenzie Davis
(2016) Nadia Alexander (2017)

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