Free Foreign Film ~ I Am Not a Witch
The U.K. Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film – a film by a by Rungano Nyoni from the U.K. and Zambia, screening at the Chief Theater.
n her BAFTA award-winning debut feature, Rungano Nyoni crafts a satiric feminist fairy-tale set in present-day Zambia. When 9-year old orphan Shula is accused of witchcraft, she is exiled to a witch camp run by Mr. Banda, a corrupt and inept government official. Tied to the ground by a white ribbon, Shula is told that she will turn into a goat if she tries to escape. As the only child witch, Shula quickly becomes a local star and the adults around her exploit her supposed powers for financial gain. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.
A hit at over 50 international festivals, I Am Not a Witch is a must-see for anyone interested in new African Cinema and contemporary female filmmakers.
Screens in English and Nyanja with English subtitles