Child star of 'Rebelle' to attend the Oscars and then visit Toronto

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MONTREAL - The child actress in the Oscar-nominated ''Rebelle'' will attend this Sunday's star-studded gala in Los Angeles.

A spokeswoman for the Item 7 production company tells The Canadian Press that Rachel Mwanza has received the visas needed to travel to the United States and Canada.

Mwanza will also attend the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on March 3 and the Jutra ceremony in Montreal on March 17.

''Rebelle,'' which is directed by Montreal's Kim Nguyen, is in the running for the best foreign-language film prize at the Oscars.

In the French-language film, which is also known as ''War Witch,'' Mwanza plays a 12-year-old girl who is abducted and forced to become a child soldier.

The 16-year-old Mwanza is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Organizations: Oscars, Canadian Press

Geographic location: Toronto, MONTREAL, Los Angeles United States Canada Democratic Republic of Congo

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