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I Am Not A Witch
This debut feature from Zambian director Rungano Nyoni artfully satirises her homeland’s more esoteric traditions and beliefs. ‘I Am Not A Witch’ is a blackly comic account of a young girl, Shula, who is declared a witch by her neighbours in a rural Zambian village. She’s sent to a bizarre ‘witch camp’, under the care of a creepy, pompous official Mr Banda who gets busy exploiting the child’s supposed talents in ever-more bizarre situations. There’s more than a whiff of black comedy here, and the performances, especially by Shula Maggie Mulubwa as Shula and Henry BJ Phiri as Mr Banda are superbly pitched.
2017 / English, Bemba and Nyanja dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 95 mins
Genre: Drama
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: MENA Premiere
Rating: 12+
Contains: Adult References
Director: Rungano Nyoni
Producer: Juliette Grandmont, Emily Morgan
Scriptwriter: Rungano Nyoni
DOP: David Gallego
Editor: Yann Dedet, George Cragg, Thibault Hague
Composer: Matthew James Kelly
Cast: Maggie Mulubwa, Henry B.j. Phiri, Nancy Mulilo, Margaret Sipaneia, Gloria Huwiler
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