I Am Not a Witch


Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 2:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 5:00pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

When 8-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-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. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision — whether to resign herself to life in the camp or take a risk for freedom. The Washington Post writes: “It is only since 1991 that the United Kingdom has submitted films for Oscar consideration in the category of foreign-language film…. For the 91st Academy Awards, the country’s official submission is the beautiful and unsettling parable of African womanhood ‘I Am Not a Witch,’ the feature directorial debut of the Zambian-born filmmaker Rungano Nyoni, who moved to Cardiff, Wales, with her family as a girl. It is a remarkable, strange and politically potent first film.”

93 min.
English & Nyanja

Directed by

Rungano Nyoni



Film Category

International Spotlight Oscar® Submissions Women in Film Spotlight


Class Issues Supernatural Women's Issues