I Am Not a Witch

Part magic realist fable and part gendered social critique, Rungano Nyoni’s debut feature focuses on a young girl who is banished from her village in Zambia and sent to a camp for exiled witches.

Please note that this film is in English and Nyanja, with Dutch subtitles.
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When nine-year-old Shula is accused of witchcraft, she is sent away to a ‘witch camp’ to live in abysmal conditions alongside other women who’ve been exiled in order to be forgotten. As is the custom, Shula is fitted with a spindle on her back, from which a long white ribbon runs: a ‘security measure’ to ensure she won’t fly off. On her first night in the camp she’s told she may cut the ribbon, but doing so will turn her into a goat. Faced with this non-choice (Nyoni’s scathing satire of patriarchal control runs throughout), Shula remains tethered – to the camp, its exploitative manager, and a cruelly unjust world.
With its narrative ellipses and achingly beautiful cinematography, I AM NOT A WITCH blurs the lines between reality and surrealism, fable and fact.

Rungano Nyoni, UK, France, Germany, 2018, 89 min. English & Nyanja spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Henry Phiri, Margaret Mulubwa, Nancy Mulilo.