I am not a witch
9-year-old Shula is accused of witchcraft and has to choose between turning into a goat or being sent to a witch camp. She chooses the last option.
BIFF writes in their film presentation:
In I AM NOT A WITCH, Rungano Nyoni takes us to an Africa where the notion of witches is still alive and well - even though the motives for accusing someone of being a witch often lend themselves to worldly and practical considerations. The protagonist is the nine years old and almost mute Shula, who, after a misunderstanding with an anxious neighbor, is accused of engaging in black magic, and is sent away to live in a detention camp with other witches. Here she is set to do physical work, while Western tourists come to look at her as if she were an animal in a zoo.
Although the film is a satire of the social structures that keep alive this peculiar combination of superstition and woman oppression, Nyoni evokes a seductive magical-realistic world where ancient discriminatory customs exist side by side with discriminatory modern phenomena.
I AM NOT A WITCH is a complex, beautiful and surprising portrayal of modern Zambia, and a feature film debut that bids for a talent that will be interesting to follow in the years to come.
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