I Am Not a Witch

I Am Not a Witch

(2017)

Drama revolving around nine-year-old Shula who is accused of witchcraft in Zambia, where the marginalisation of ‘witches’ continues in 2017.... More

Following a banal incident in her local village in Africa, Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp in the middle of a desert. At the camp she takes part in an initiation ceremony where she is shown the rules surrounding her new life as a witch. Like the other residents, Shula is tied to a ribbon which is attached to a coil that perches in a large tree. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she'll be cursed and transformed into a goat.Hide

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  • A fable-like story about a young African girl banished from her village for alleged witchcraft, it blends deadpan humor with light surrealism, vivid visuals and left-field musical choices. Full Review

  • The film crafts a framework of superstition and ritual, onto which is hung a vividly realised, if somewhat enigmatic portrait of a child's life. Full Review

  • Nyoni has delivered a pulsingly odd and strikingly original debut: a tale of dogma, prejudice and corruption in the country of her birth. Full Review

  • It's rare and exhilarating that a new filmmaker arrives on the scene so sure of herself and so willing to take bold, counter-intuitive chances. Full Review

  • The film is perhaps overly repetitive in emphasising Shula's inability to escape exploitation, but the story is put across with formal confidence and real originality. Full Review

  • In this feature debut from Zambian-born film-maker Rungano Nyoni, ancient superstitions and crass commercialism go into partnership to grotesque effect. Full Review