National Post | Arts

When Kim Nguyen saw the armoured vehicles charging toward him, he knew he was in trouble.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo to shoot Rebelle, his film about a female child soldier in an unnamed African country, no amount of precautions could have prepared the director for the first day on set while using AK-47 assault rifles.

“We had sent television and radio announcements saying that this wasn’t’ an actual overturning of the government, this was a film,” says Nguyen, “but when we shot that first take, we had 20 armoured vehicles racing toward us with a rocket launcher and a 100 soldiers. The info didn’t get through to them, clearly.”

That he’s sitting in a room at the Intercontinental Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival recounting the story proves there was a happy ending. It was thanks in no small part to his logistics manager, “a very…

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