I Am Not A Witch

Sep 21 to Sep 25
Friday to Tuesday 4:30, 8:30

Rungano Nyoni - 2018 - 93m - France, Germany, UK - In English & Nyanja w/English subtitles

A REVOLUTIONARY NEW VOICE IN AFRICAN CINEMA!

When eight-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp. There, she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – whether to resign herself to life on the camp,or take a risk for freedom.

“A magic realist fable set in present-day Zambia that has plenty to say about gender and superstition.” - Anna Smith, Time Out

“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.” - Jessica Kiang, Variety

“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.” - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

“The debut film by Rungano Nyoni is a satirical, brilliant and sophisticated denunciation starring the magnificent revelation Maggie Mulubwa.” - Mabel Salinas, Cine Premiere

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