I Am Not a Witch


The Main 4 Mon, Apr 16, 2018 7:20 PM
The Main 4 Sat, Apr 21, 2018 7:20 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Sun, Apr 22, 2018 2:45 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Images of Africa
Women & Film
Emerging Filmmaker Award
Tags:Culture & Society
Human Rights
Social Justice
Women Directors
Voice Category:Expanded Horizons
Release Year:2017
Runtime:93 min
Festivals & Awards:Outstanding Debut by a British Writer - BAFTA Awards
Best Feature Film - Africa International Film Festival
Best Directorial Debut - Stockholm Film Festival
Best Director
Breakthrough Producer
Douglas Hickox Award - British Independent Film Awards
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Film Movement
Director:Rungano Nyoni
Producer:Juliette Grandmont
Emily Morgan
Cinematographer:David Gallego
Screenwriter:Rungano Nyoni
Editor:Yann Dedet
George Cragg
Thibault Hague
Composer:Matthew James Kelly
Principal Cast:Margaret Mulubwa
Margaret Sipaneia
Selita Zulu
Nellie Namweemba Munamonga
Henry B.J. Phiri
James Manaseh
Joseph Tembo
Pulani Topham
John Tembo


Tickets to Rochester screenings will be sold at the door.

I Am Not A Witch is a bold work of cinema that effortlessly blends dark humor, social commentary, and magical realism. The story follows a young girl named Shula who is accused of practicing witchcraft, imprisoned in a witch camp and made to show off her “powers” for the benefit of the camp’s manager, Tembo.

Set in Zambia, Shula is picked up by a local woman and handed over to an official’s office. The woman claims the girl is a witch, and Shula is adorned with a spindle to “tether” her to the ground and carted off to a camp for witches that bares great similarity to your standard zoo.

Rungano Nyoni’s debut feature film renders Shula’s journey by exploring themes of femininity, superstition and acceptance, while keeping Shula herself a mystery to all the spectators that attempt to control her world.

Director Biography

Rungano Nyoni Rungano Nyoni was born in Lusaka, Zambia in 1982. She won the European Film Award for the short film More (’12) and a BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut. A multi-talented writer, director and producer, Nyoni made her feature-film debut with I Am Not A Witch (’17).



"A fable-like story about a young African girl banished from her village for alleged witchcraft, it blends deadpan humor with light surrealism, vivid visuals and left-field musical choices." - Hollywood Reporter

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