I Am Not a Witch
Directed by Rungano Nyoni
Women Filmmakers Week – Saturday Matinee
Sponsored by Mercy Corps
An original and daringly satirical parable of magic and misogyny, superstition and social strictures, I Am Not a Witch tells the story of eight-year-old Shula, who turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village. The locals are suspicious of her. She becomes involved in a minor incident that escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life in a government-run witch camp. There, she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision–whether to resign herself to life in the camp, or take a risk for freedom.
In English and Nyanja with English subtitles.