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I Am Not a Witch
8.5
/10
4,455 Ratings

I AM NOT A WITCH

Directed by Rungano Nyoni
Zambia, United Kingdom, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

In Zambia, 8-year old orphan Shula is accused of witchcraft and exiled to a witch camp run by a corrupt government official. As the only child witch, Shula is exploited by adults for financial gain and forced to decide whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.

Synopsis

In Zambia, 8-year old orphan Shula is accused of witchcraft and exiled to a witch camp run by a corrupt government official. As the only child witch, Shula is exploited by adults for financial gain and forced to decide whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.

Our take

Exploring Zambia’s little-known culture of “witch camps,” this BAFTA-winning debut masterfully combines comedy, tragedy, and dazzling visuals. A portrait of a defiant young girl, I Am Not a Witch mounts an acerbic critique of women’s oppression and corruption through tourism, media and superstition.