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.