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I Am Not A Witch (2017)

I Am Not a Witch (original title)
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In a remote Zambian community a girl is denounced as a witch and sent on a trajectory of exploitation, as a tethered member of a witches' camp, a witch for hire and a tourist exhibit.


Rungano Nyoni


Rungano Nyoni
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 15 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Mulubwa Maggie Mulubwa ... Shula (as Margaret Mulubwa)
Henry B.J. Phiri Henry B.J. Phiri ... Mr. Banda - the Government Official
Nancy Murilo Nancy Murilo ... Charity (as Nancy Mulilo)
Margaret Spinella Margaret Spinella ... Mama (as Margaret Sipaneia)
Nellie Munamonga Nellie Munamonga ... Police Officer Josephine (as Nellie Mamweemba Munanonga)
James Manaseh James Manaseh ... Witch Doctor
Innocent Kalakula Innocent Kalakula ... TV Talk Show Presenter (as Innocent Kalaluka)
Eunice Mapala Eunice Mapala ... Woman with Bucket
Margaret Z. Mwale Margaret Z. Mwale ... Mwape
Mirriam Nata Mirriam Nata ... Florence
Selita Zulu Selita Zulu ... Mubango
Becky Ngoma Becky Ngoma ... Bwalya
Goodfellow Kayuni Goodfellow Kayuni ... Grandfather
John Ng'Ambi John Ng'Ambi ... Nelson
Leo Chisanga Leo Chisanga ... Drunk Man


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. 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 on a large truck. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she'll be cursed and transformed into a goat.

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A funny, provocative and enchanting Agrican tale.


Comedy | Drama


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The film's premiere was at Cannes International Film Festival in May 2017. See more »


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Spellbinding, witty and satirically funny
20 February 2018 | by muchiemixSee all my reviews

I sat down to watch it, and wasn't expecting much from the movie. Little did I know that I was in for some big laughs. The story is beautifully written, and the acting was superb, considering many of the cast were debuting. The cast, specifically the young Maggie Mulubwa and Henry B.J. Phiri played their roles exceptionally well. I highly recommend this movie. If you have a witty sense of humor, you'll love this movie. Kuddos to Rungano Nyoni.

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Release Date:

7 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,252, 9 September 2018

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2.39 : 1
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