I Am Not a Witch
Free screening for all Annual Members + 1. Rush tickets will be available for $10 right before show time, based on availability.
In 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 women filmmakers. (2018, Rungano Nyoni, UK/Zambia, English/Nyanja with English subtitles, 93 min, NR, DCP)
“Nyoni is clearly confident in her vision and the story she wants to tell, and in her capable hands, the result is spellbinding.” — Katie Rife, AV Club
“The movie is at once a gorgeous, solemn look at the way a society’s rituals can lead to hysteria, and a scathing, at times almost shockingly funny satire of national corruption…I AM NOT A WITCH is unquestionably one of the most striking debuts of the year, a parable-like indictment of the tourism industry and the destructive effect when tradition runs headlong into capitalist desire.” — Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“At times sincerely moving, bleakly comic, infuriating and heartbreaking, I AM NOT A WITCH is a shrewd interrogation of exploitation, power, gender and national and personal identity.” — Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, AWFJ Women on Film
“Nyoni, working in English and the local language of Nyanja, has an unforced way of dealing with themes like exploitation, oppression and superstition, showing how easy it can be for nonsense to pass itself off as sense.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times