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I Am Not a Witch (2017)

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... See full summary »

Director:

Rungano Nyoni

Writer:

Rungano Nyoni
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 15 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Benfors 'Wee Do Benfors 'Wee Do ... Blind Child
Boyd Banda Boyd Banda ... Man in Courtroom
Kalundu Banda Kalundu Banda ... Man in Courtroom
Boniventure Boniventure ... Hotel Staff
Brisky Brisky ... Herself - Hip Hop Singer
Patricia Carreira Patricia Carreira ... Tourist
Patricia Chaambwa Patricia Chaambwa ... Blind Child
Mureene Chaba Mureene Chaba ... Man in Courtroom
Janet Chaile Janet Chaile ... Witch
Felix Chibole Felix Chibole ... Villager
Chichi Chichi ... Tourist
Martha Chig'Ambo Martha Chig'Ambo ... Witch
Masanbo Chikunga Masanbo Chikunga ... Motorbike Driver
Loveness Chilndo Loveness Chilndo ... Witch
Joyce Chilombo Joyce Chilombo ... Witch
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK | France | Germany | Zambia

Language:

English | Nyanja

Release Date:

7 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nem vagyok boszorkány See more »

Filming Locations:

Zambia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,252, 9 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,646, 18 October 2018
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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

Soundtracks

American Boy
Written by Will.i.am (as Will Adams), Kanye West, John Legend (as John Stephens), Estelle (as Estelle Swaray), Joshua Lopez (as Josh Lopez), Caleb Speir, Keith Ernesto Harris (as Keith Harris) and Kweli Ebon Washington (as Kweli Washington)
Performed by Estelle featuring Kanye West
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The potential for catharsis is there BUT
1 April 2018 | by cecelegySee all my reviews

There are several very interesting podcasts available online where the director explains how she found the protagonist girl (Benfors 'Wee Do) by accident. She also mentions that in some scenes, she wanted to deal with the film's central theme with humour, instead of forcing the viewer to feel guilty for laughing. It may be due to ignorance or lack of knowledge of the cultural context but personally, I did not feel the delicate line between humour and seriousness, between fairy tale and reality. For this very reason, I found these motifs overtly forced and simply too symbolic. At the same time, it is a movie with a really strong imagery and important message. The potential for catharsis is there all the way through the film but sadly, it just did not happen for me this time.


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