I AM NOT A WITCH
Directed by Rungano Nyoni and beautifully photographed by David Gallego, this film is a unique social satire, set in Zambia, that mines the depths of humor and pathos with confidence. In the cruel and surreal world of I AM NOT A WITCH, nine-year-old Shula (Margaret Mulubwa) is a ray of light, exuding a strength of spirit that defies the constraints of custom in the Southeast African countryside. Early in the film, Shula is accused of being a witch and sentenced to live in a camp for witches. It’s the kind of fate one might expect and accept in a dark fable, but this is a film set in contemporary African society. Nyoni brilliantly defies expectations, boldly confronting issues of patriarchy, class, poverty and power with her debut feature film. – Jacqueline Lyanga
Rungano Nyoni participated in the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence program in 2013 and was selected for the Nordic Factory, where she co-directed and co-wrote the short LISTEN (2014). Nyoni also directed the award-winning short MWANSA THE GREAT (2011), and wrote the Golden Leopard-winning short THE MASS OF MEN (2012). I AM NOT A WITCH is her feature debut.
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