I Am Not A Witch

  • Rungano Nyoni
  • UK, France, Germany
  • 2017.
  • 92'
  • I Am Not a Witch

After a minor incident in her village, nine-year-old Shula is exiled to a travelling witch camp for tourists where she is told that she will be transformed into a goat if she tries to escape. As she navigates her new life with her fellow witches and a government official who espouses her, exploiting her innocence for his own gain, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom. This dark comedy shows how accusations of witchcraft are often a mask for other forms of abuse of power and misogyny. I Am Not a Witch is Rungano Nyoni’s directorial debut, who was born in Zambia and raised in Wales. For this film, she stayed in a Ghanaian witch camp for a month to research and interview the people.

Subtitles: HR, EN

Rungano Nyoni

After graduating from Central Saint Martins in London as an actress, Nyoni has directed short films The List (BAFTA Cymru), Listen, which premiered in the program Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and won over seventy awards including Best Short at Tribeca 2015. She wrote the script for the Locarno Golden Leopard winner The Mass of Men.

I Am Not A Witch

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Festivals & Awards
Cannes Film Festival 2017 – Directors’ Fortnight; BAFTA 2017 – Best British Debutant; Stockholm Film Festival 2017 – Best Debutant; Adelaide Film Festival 2017 – Best International Film; Toronto Int’l Film Festival 2017; BFI London Film Festival 2017; Sundance Film Festival 2018; Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam 2018

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