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I AM NOT A WITCH

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Director: Rungano Nyoni
Country: Zambia / Germany / UK / France
Year: 2017
Runtime: 98 minutes
Language: English / Zambian with English subtitles

When a woman carrying water suddenly trips and falls on an empty path, she looks up to see eight-year-old Shula standing nearby. Of course, the only logical explanation for the incident is that Shula is a witch who willed the woman to fall… right? This is the conclusion the village leaders come to before they exile Shula to a witch camp. Upon arrival, Shula is tied to a spool of white ribbon and told if she cuts herself free, she will turn into a goat. Once officially named a witch by the community, her identity takes many forms—an oddity for tourists, a manipulative sorceress, a respected voice of the gods—but is it possible Shula is simply a child? I AM NOT A WITCH is a mindfully crafted dark satire set in modern day Zambia. The film highlights the country’s contradictory blend of traditional beliefs with modern culture and exposes the multi-layered problems that arise as a result. ~ Cleveland International Film Festival

Principal Cast: Margaret Mulubwa, Margaret Sipaneia, Selita Zulu, Nellie Namweemba Munamonga, Henry B.J. Phiri, James Manaseh, Joseph Tembo, Pulani Topham, John Tembo

Writer: Rungano Nyoni
Producer: Juliette Grandmont, Emily Morgan
Cinematographer: David Gallego
Editor: Yann Dedet, George Cragg, Thibault Hague
Music: Matthew James Kelly

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