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168 Ratings

I Am Not a Witch

Directed by Rungano Nyoni
United Kingdom, France, 2017


Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula 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.

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I Am Not a Witch Directed by Rungano Nyoni
In first-world Western countries, the formerly dreaded figure of the witch has been mainstreamed as a spiritual practice of choice or fodder for the entertainment industry. Screenwriter and first-time director Rungano Nyoni, too, has made an entertaining film about witches in I AM NOT A WITCH, but one with a razor-sharp edge.
September 28, 2018
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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 film is perhaps overly repetitive in emphasizing Shula’s inability to escape exploitation, but the story is put across with formal confidence and real originality.
September 06, 2018
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