Producers Anxious To Bring “War Witch” Star To Oscars

Rachel Mwanza's flick up for best foreign-language film.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

The star of the hit Canadian film "Rebelle" (also known as "War Witch"), Rachel Mwanza, and producers of the movie Marie-Claude Poulin and Pierre Even, are trying to get a Visa so that the young actress can attend the Oscars, where the project is a contender for the best foreign language film prize.

"She's very thrilled with just the idea of maybe seeing Beyonce or Rihanna on the red carpet," Even said from Montreal to The Canadian Press. "That's her main goal in life. Hopefully one of these two singers will be at the Oscars so that she can get an autograph."

The producers have applied for a Visa for the former street kid, who is 16 years old, to get her from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the United States. They're hoping she can stay for a few days and then return to North America to attend several events in Canada, like the Canadian Screen Awards. Mwanza has already been to "War Witch" screenings in Europe, traveling to cities such as Paris and Berlin.

"The street children in Kinshasa are very common and problematic," said Poulin. "There's hundreds of thousands of street children… and unfortunately the older ones often become thieves and not such good people so we're very happy that Rachel, given her will and intelligence, that we were able to help her get out of that life."

The Oscars will take place on February 24th in Los Angeles.