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I AM NOT A WITCH

by Rungano Nyoni

synopsis

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. At the camp she takes part in an initiation ceremony where she is shown the rules surrounding her new life as a witch. Like the other residents, Shula is tied to a ribbon which is attached to a coil that perches in a large tree. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she'll be cursed and transformed into a goat.

international title: I Am Not a Witch
original title: I Am Not a Witch
country: United Kingdom, France, Germany
sales agent: Kinology
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Rungano Nyoni
film run: 90'
screenplay: Rungano Nyoni
cast: Gloria Huwiler, Maggie Mulubwa, Nellie Munamonga, Dyna Mufuni, Nancy Murilo, Ritah Mubanga, Henry B.J. Phiri, Chileshe Kalimamukwento, Travers Merrill
cinematography by: David Gallego
film editing: George Cragg
art director: Malin Lindholm
costumes designer: Holly Rebecca
producer: Juliette Grandmont, Emily Morgan, Titus Kreyenberg
production: Soda Pictures, Clandestine Films, unafilm, Film4
backing: British Film Institute, Ffilm Cymru Wales, CNC, Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund, HBF+Europe, Cannes Cinefondation Residency, Moulin D’Ande Residency, IFP No Borders Prize, ARTE Prize,
distributor: Soda Pictures