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I Am Not A Witch (2017)

I Am Not a Witch (original title)
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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 »

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Rungano Nyoni

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Rungano Nyoni
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 15 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Maggie Mulubwa Maggie Mulubwa ... Shula
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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
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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.

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Drama

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Country:

UK | France | Germany | Zambia

Language:

English | Nyanja | Bemba | Tonga

Release Date:

7 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eu Não Sou uma Bruxa See more »

Filming Locations:

Zambia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,252, 9 September 2018

Gross USA:

$50,868

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$182,462
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2.39 : 1
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Official submission of United Kingdom for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

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American Boy
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Beautiful, but uncomfortably confusing
25 November 2018 | by smijatov89See all my reviews

This is one of those films where you will end up confused. Why, you ask. Well, for one you will not be certain of what is going on, or rather why things are going on. And secondly, you will not be certain whether you are supposed to feel uncomfortable throughout the film, or it is just a possible result of your own interpretation. It bodes that age-old question: what did the author want to say? Or in this case, the director.

I am not sure. Truly, not. Of course, there are traces of feminism here, socio-cultural critique, reclaiming Africanism rather than the post-colonial structures in place in Africa. That is all great. The story, however, is too rigid yet too vague. It doesn't make sense, does it? That's my point.

Acting is excellent, especially the young Maggie Mulubwa, who says more with her eyes than many actors can in any monologue or dialogue. Cinematography is beautiful, especially in relation to the ribbons that are allocated to the witches. Otherwise, the film's story is quite disturbing and disjointed. I felt uncomfortable throughout but was not quite sure if that was the feeling intended or just a mixture of discomfort and confusion as to what is going on.

Definitely worth a watch, but it is not something that would be easily understood or easily appreciated for its vagueness. Considering it is Rungano Nyoni's debut feature, I am sure she will easily build further on the fundaments she has established through I Am Not a Witch.


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