Screen/Society--"I am Not a Witch" (2017) Rungano Yoni
"I Am Not a Witch"
(Rungano Nyoni, 2017, 93 min, Zambia, UK, France, Germany, English and Nyanja, Color, DCP)
In her BAFTA award-winning debut feature, Rungano Nyoni crafts a satiric feminist fairy-tale set in present-day Zambia. When 9-year old orphan Shula is accused of witchcraft, she is exiled to a witch camp run by Mr. Banda, a corrupt and inept government official. Tied to the ground by a white ribbon, Shula is told that she will turn into a goat if she tries to escape. As the only child witch, Shula quickly becomes a local star and the adults around her exploit her supposed powers for financial gain. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision - whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom. A hit at over 50 international festivals, I AM NOT A WITCH is a must-see for anyone interested in new African Cinema and contemporary female filmmakers.
"[A] daringly satirical parable of magic and misogyny, superstition and social strictures... a filmmaker of fiercely independent vision." - The Guardian