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I Am Not a Witch (2017)

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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
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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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Remarkable Debut
11 April 2018 | by Thistle-3See all my reviews

I was profoundly moved by I Am Not a Witch. Many members of the cast are in their first film feature, and all are stellar, especially Maggie Mulubwa, who plays Shula. Her face is so expressive. Director and writer, Rungano Nyoni, transported me to a place I'd never been. It's rural Zambia. It's modern day (I won't ever forget that the first time we see little Shula, she has a t-shirt that says #bootycall). Yet, it's a cultural phenomenon that I don't know much about, witch camps.

Despite the dire subject matter, there are comic moments. Many times that I wanted to laugh, though, I also wanted to cry, because the circumstances were ridiculous to me, and Shula is caught up in a world where she apparently has no control, no say in her own life. She's asked to resolve disputes, judge others, alter weather patterns, even be on display, when all she really wants is to be a 9 year old, go to school, be nurtured. In the end, we see parallels to other, more familiar, stories. It's haunting.

Cinematography by David Gallego and Art Direction by Malin Lindholm are perfection. The images will stay with you.

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7 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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$8,252, 9 September 2018

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