I am Not a Witch

I am Not a Witch

classified 12A S

Reclaiming the Witch


Please note: This was screened in Nov 2018

Rungano Nyoni
Benfors 'Wee Do, Boyd Banda, Kalundu Banda
93 mins, Subtitled, 2017, UK | France | Germany | Zambia
Primary language

The beautiful and strange debut from Zambian-born Wales-raised writer/director Rungano Nyoni is an African satire about beliefs in sorcery, revolving around a young girl who is accused of being a witch.

After having the gross misfortune to witness a minor accident in her village, 9-year-old Shula (Maggie Mulubwa) is branded a witch, sent to a camp amongst much older women and given two options: she can accept her new label and live the rest of her life tethered to a white ribbon, or get turned into a goat if she seeks justice and freedom. Is it worth risking it all?

A fiercely original blend of social comment, folklore, magical realism and gorgeous visuals (from Embrace of the Serpent cinematographer David Gallego), I Am Not A Witch is also a rallying cry against the treatment of women in patriarchal societies around the world. A great debut from a talent to watch.