I Am Not a Witch

Thursday, April 12, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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"The child is a witch,” exclaim the villagers in the opening of this strikingly beautiful first feature by Rungano Nyoni. When young Shula is accused of witchcraft in her village, she is exiled, her movements are constrained, and she is expected to perform miracles; however, she is not prepared to live this way forever. Employing breathtaking composition, Nyoni layers magical realism, satire, and social critique to blur reality with the surreal in this original and unforgettable story. 

“Shot in and around Zambia’s capital city Lusaka, and cast with non-professionals, the story is approached with a kind of deadpan eccentricity. That some of the performances are a little unpolished hardly matters – in fact the sometimes declamatory delivery only heightens the sense of matter-of-fact oddness.” – Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“[W]hat makes I Am Not a Witch unique, however, is Nyoni’s abundant, maybe even overabundant directorial confidence. It’s rare and exhilarating that a new filmmaker arrives on the scene so sure of herself and so willing to take bold, counterintuitive chances.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety

Filmmaker Bio(s)


A native of Zambia who grew up in Wales, Rungano Nyoni began her filmmaking career as a writer and director of shorts. She developed I Am Not a Witch’s story during a Cannes Cinéfondation residency in 2013. Among the honors Nyoni has received for the film are the Douglas Hickox Award and Best Director prize at the British Independent Film Awards and a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): UK/France/Zambia/Germany
  • Language(s): English, Bemba, Nyanja, Tonga
  • Year: 2017
  • Running time: 93
  • Director(s): Rungano Nyoni
  • Producer(s): Juliette Grandmont, Emily Morgan
  • Writer(s): Rungano Nyoni
  • Cinematographer(s): David Gallego
  • Editor(s): George Cragg, Yann Dedet, Thibault Hague
  • Music: Matthew James Kelly
  • With: Margaret Mulubwa, Nancy Mulilo, Margaret Sipaneia

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