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Canadian director reacts to Oscar nomination for ‘War Witch’

Canada’s Oscar hopes are riding high with War Witch – originally released under the title Rebelle – securing a best foreign language film nomination.

The movie, about a young girl forced to become a child soldier, was directed by Kim Nguyen.

“We all showed up here and as they were announcing the things they were saying it was in alphabetical order. And then they said German and then Chile and then automatically  we thought, ‘oh, that’s it, we’re out of the game’ because  we didn’t – the order didn’t make sense. And then they said Canada War Witch and we just shook the floor up and screamed, you know, even had tears to our eyes,” he said.

The film, which took over a decade to complete, was a labor of love for Nguyen.

“The biggest struggles in film making are, most of the times you – you know, you against yourself. And trying to go that extra mile. Go in those harder areas, in those shadows of the story were you should go, and convince people that you should go there.”

The Academy Award winners will be announced on Feb. 24 in Hollywood, California.