In her BAFTA awarding-winning debut feature, Rungano Nyoni crafts a satiric feminist fairy-tale set in present-day Zambia. When 9-year old orphan Shula is accused of witchcraft, she is exiled to a witch camp run by Mr. Banda, a corrupt and inept government official. Tied to the ground by a white ribbon, Shula is told that she will turn into a goat if she tries to escape. As the only child witch, Shula quickly becomes a local star and the adults around her exploit her supposed powers for financial gain. 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 hit at over 50 international festivals, I AM NOT A WITCH is a must-see for anyone interested in New African Cinema and contemporary female filmmakers.
(In English and Nyanja with English subtitles)
WINNER: BAFTA Outstanding Debut of a British Filmmaker
Afrika International Film Festival Best Feature Film
British Independent Film Awards Best Director, Breakthrough Producer
Stockholm Film Festival Best Directorial Debut
Sarasota Film Festival Jury Prize
“THE BIRTH OF A SIGNIFICANT NEW SCREEN VOICE!”
-The Hollywood Reporter
“A witch’s brew of ABSURDISM, REALISM, SATIRE and FAIRY TALE!” -Metro
“A rush of ORIGINALITY, ENERGY & AMBITION!” –Sight & Sound
WED, NOV 07, 9:15p:
Miami Premiere Engagement!
I AM NOT A WITCH
Directed by RUNGANO NYONI/2018/France/Germany/UK/93mins.
With Benfors ‘Wee Do, Boyd Banda, Kalunda Banda