I Am Not a Witch

France/Germany/U.K./Zambia, 93m, DCP

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Screened September 7–27, 2018

In a rural village in present day Zambia, an orphaned eight-year-old girl is accused of being a witch. She’s offered a choice of punishments: either accept enslavement in state-run camp tethered to a white ribbon or risk transformation into a goat. With a story formed from research on real-life African witch camps, director Rungano Nyoni (in a stunning feature debut) and cinematographer David Gallego (Embrace of the Serpent) craft a world—and cinematic voice—unlike any other, deftly mixing Kafkaesque comedy, anthropological inquiry, poignant drama, and feminist fairytale. 

In Nyanja with English subtitles.

Official selection: Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival

A Film Movement release.

A film by Rungano Nyoni

[A] daringly satirical parable of magic and misogyny, superstition and social strictures… a filmmaker of fiercely independent vision.”

The Guardian