Pic's Rachel Mwanza won Silver Bear in Berlin

Tribeca Film has conjured up U.S. rights to “War Witch,” the Kim Nguyen film that had its North American preem at the Tribeca Film Festival in the spring.

Congo-shot tale starring newcomer Rachel Mwanza world preemed at the Berlin Film Festival, where Mwanza snagged a Silver Bear for actress. She also took home the actress kudo at Tribeca, which awarded the film the laurel for narrative feature.

Story centers on a young girl who is kidnapped by African rebels and forced to become a soldier. Alain Bastien, Serge Kanyianda, Ralph Prosper and Mizinga Mwinga also are among the cast. Written and directed by Nguyen, pic was produced by Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin of Item 7.

Tribeca Film, the Gotham-based distributor loosely affiliated with the Tribeca fest, aims to release the movie on multiple platforms in early 2013.

Distribution deal was inked by Tribeca Film’s Nick Savva with Nicholas Brigaud-Robert of Films Distribution.

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