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Congolese teen actress gets last-minute US visa to walk Oscar red carpet

Published on Feb 22, 2013 7:06 AM
 
This undated file image released by Item 7 shows Rachel Mwanza in a scene from War Witch. The teenage star of the Oscar-nominated Canadian drama War Witch will get to travel from her native Congo to the Academy Awards in Los Angeles after she received a last-minute visa, the film's United States (US) distributor said on Thursday. -- FILE PHOTO: ITEM 7/AP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The teenage star of the Oscar-nominated Canadian drama War Witch will get to travel from her native Congo to the Academy Awards in Los Angeles after she received a last-minute visa, the film's United States (US) distributor said on Thursday.

Amateur actress Rachel Mwanza, 16, who grew up an orphan on the streets of capital Kinshasa, received her visa to the US earlier in the week and will arrive in Los Angeles on Friday, two days ahead of Sunday's Oscar ceremony, a spokeswoman for distributor Tribeca Film said.

The French-language film is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at Hollywood's annual Academy Awards.

"To have her (Mwanza's) journey end on the red carpet is beyond anything she could have dreamed of," director Kim Nguyen said in a statement.

 
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