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557 Ratings

I Am Not a Witch

Directed by Rungano Nyoni
United Kingdom, France, 2017


Following an incident in her village, Shula, 8, is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp in the middle of a desert. There she takes part in an initiation ceremony, and learns the rules surrounding her new life as a witch.

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I Am Not a Witch Directed by Rungano Nyoni
It’s both structurally and emotionally challenging, frequently positioning the viewer in an uncomfortable no man’s land between absurdist comedy and profound tragedy. It is also a film of immense visual beauty and directorial prowess.
September 07, 2018
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The indignity of being photographed by condescending vacationers adds another layer of outrage to the film’s indictment of societies beholden to traditions that hurt women, whether old-time religious or neoliberal tourist. It’s arguable that Nyoni is stretching a thin premise, but this film is one of the obvious breakouts of the year: exactly the kind of young work—brash, committed, and narratively unpredictable—that film festivals are supposed to champion.
December 22, 2017
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Mulubwa’s stoic performance is the key to the film, giving the audience an entry point to the action and facilitating the story’s electric and unpredictable shifts between dark humour and pure tragedy… The film’s feminist critique gradually creeps up on the viewer with understandable and invigorating anger, culminating in a gut-wrenchingly shocking ending.
September 03, 2017
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