I Am Not a Witch: Rungano Nyoni’s Bold Feature Debut

Rungano Nyoni’s feature debut, I Am Not a Witch, is an original satiric feminist fairy tale set in present-day Zambia.

When  Shula (Margaret Mulubwa), nine-year-old orphan, is accused of witchcraft, she is exiled to a witch camp run by corrupt and inept government official.

Tied to the ground and told that she will turn into a goat if she tries to escape, Shula becomes a tourist attraction exploited by those around her for financial gain.

Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision, to resign herself to life at the camp, or risk everything for freedom.

Winner of a BAFTA award for outstanding debut, I Am Not a Witch is a visually imaginative, socially incisive commentary on the clash between tradition and modernity from one of contemporary cinema’s most exciting new