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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 in the middle of a desert. 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 in a large tree. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she'll be cursed and transformed into a goat.

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Critic Reviews (9)

6.8
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Critical Consensus: Generally favorable.
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Variety

04 Sep 2017
8.0
"Rungano Nyoni's exciting if challenging debut is an impressionistic tale of superstition in a small Zambian community." ...
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Screen Daily

04 Sep 2017
7.0
"Cast with non-professionals, the story is approached with a kind of deadpan eccentricity." ...
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The Hollywood Reporter

04 Sep 2017
7.0
"Having established the conceit of witches being tethered to the ground with ribbons, Nyoni makes great use of these visually striking streamers, weaving them into tableaux that resemble giant art installations." ...
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gamesrader+

04 Sep 2017
8.0
"Playing out like some dystopian sci-fi but directed with some of the simplicity, unhurried patience, and observation for dirt-poor rural life that informs another tale focused on a child’s harsh existence, Pather Panchali, I Am Not a Witch lulls y ...
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FilmDude

03 Sep 2017
7.0
""I Am Not a Witch" makes a bold statement about feminism by showing a world where the oppression of women is good for tourism, of all things." ...
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Cineuropa

03 Sep 2017
9.0
"The story of the film, or rather the premise she decided to use as a backdrop against which to weave her marvellous plot, came from her country of origin, where witch camps still exist, and aren’t about to disappear, as a result of old beliefs as ...

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Release Date(s):

May 25, 2017 (Directors Fortnight) (Cannes Film Festival, France)
June 10, 2017 (Sydney Film Festival, Australia)
June 29, 2017 (Munich International Film Festival, Germany)
June 30, 2017 (Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, Switzerland)
July 16, 2017 (Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel)
July 21, 2017 (New Zealand International Film Festival, New Zealand)
August 4, 2017 (New Horizons Film Festival, Poland)
August 6, 2017 (Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia)
September 8, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival, Canada)
October 9, 2017 (Adelaide Film Festival, Australia)
October 12, 2017 (London Film Festival, UK)

Executive Producer(s):

Mary Burke, Eve Gabereau, Hannah Thomas, Eva Yates

Cinematography:

David Gallego

Screenplay:

Rungano Nyoni

Editor:

George Cragg

Art Director:

Malin Lindholm

Production Manager:

Amaka Ugwunkwo

Production Designer:

Nathan Parker

Sound:

Maiken Hansen

Music:

Matthew James Kelly

Production Company:

Clandestine films, Film4, Soda Pictures, unafilm, Creativity Media

Distribution:

Piano (Mexico)

Language:

English

Runtime:

90 minutes

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