I am not a Witch – 11th of October 2018

I Am Not A Witch cert 12A (subtitled)

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: 2018 BAFTAs 

Director: Rungano Nyoni

Cast: Maggie Mulubwa, Gloria Huwiler, Henry B.J. Phiri

Zambia English, Bemba subtitles 93 minutes

UK release date: Oct 2017

In a remote Zambian village, a nine-year-old girl is accused of being a witch and given a stark choice. Nyoni was apparently inspired by real-life reports of witchcraft accusations in Zambia. Yet for all its factual grounding, I Am Not a Witch is also a work of fairytale invention.

[Rungano Nyoni’s] ability to blend cruel humour, pointed satire and empathetic anger to produce something touched by tragic transcendence is astonishing” – Mark Kermode, Observer

“…an extravagant flight of fancy that functions equally well as an anthropological curiosity, engrossing drama, feminist allegory, tart political satire and dire warning against xenophobia.” – Tara Brady, The Irish Times

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