I AM NOT A WITCH

France / UK, 2017 (MIFF 2017, International,Middle East and Africa)

Director: Rungano Nyoni

I AM NOT A WITCH

A satirical and witty witches' brew of superstition and scapegoating, straight from Cannes Directors' Fortnight.

If you're female in Zambia, even witnessing another's bad luck can be cause for condemnation. For nine-year-old Shula, it means being branded a witch, sent to a camp and given two options: she can accept her new label and live the rest of her life tethered to a white ribbon, or get turned into a goat if she seeks justice and freedom.

Inspired by real-life rural witch camps in Africa, Rungano Nyoni makes the leap from BAFTA-nominated short filmmaker to assured feature writer/director with a funny, eye-opening effort. Never following the expected path, her full-length debut both exposes and finds the utter absurdity in an archaic practice that continues to subjugate women, as captured in lyrical detail by cinematographer David Gallego (Embrace of the Serpent).

'It's rare and exhilarating that a new filmmaker arrives on the scene so sure of herself and so willing to take bold, counter-intuitive chances.' – Variety


See also...

WESTERN

When travelling shoe salesman Paco picks up a hitch-hiker, Nino, he's not expecting to have his vehicle, samples and belongings stolen and be left stranded by the roadside. Paco gets his revenge a sho... More »

WILL IT SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS?

Sandrine Veysset's Will it Snow for Christmas? is a film of transcendent power. Eschewing an trace of melodrama, it depicts a rural French family struggling to eke subsistence from the land. A young m... More »

NéNETTE AND BONI

Reuniting the teenage leads of US Go Home (MIFF 95|, acclaimed director Claire Denis has created a moving film which explores the relationship between two estranged siblings. Boniface, nicknamed Boni,... More »

STELLA DOES TRICKS

We first see Stella - school-aged but alrear an old hand at prostitution - walking through a London park in short dress and pig­tails, ice-cream cone in hand. She calmly ser­vices a gent on a bench, k... More »

LEVEL 5

In his new film, Chris Marker continues to explore the ways in which new technologies can inform our comprehension of traumatic his­torical events. Like his earlier film Sans Solei,. Level Five medita... More »

SMALL TIME

This gangling portrait of a group of thieving losers is imbued with an infectious, laddish humour and writer/director/actor/producer Shane Meadows' genius for character observation. Male and Jumbo, be... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director