I Am Not a Witch

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I Am Not a Witch approaches real-life injustices with a beguiling blend of sorrow, anger, and humor, marking debuting writer-director Rungano Nyoni as an exciting new talent.

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After a banal accident in her village, Shula, an eight-year-old girl, is accused of witchcraft. After a quick trial, she is found guilty and locked up in a witches' camp.

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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (3)

  • Even if writer-director Rungano Nyoni's film were a lesser achievement - less unsettlingly complicated, less bitterly funny, less bluntly sad - it would still have the witch truck, one of the great cinematic images of this or any other year.

    September 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Nyoni presents one dazzling set piece after another.

    September 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Nyoni, working in English and the local language of Nyanja, has an unforced way of dealing with themes like exploitation, oppression and superstition, showing how easy it can be for nonsense to pass itself off as sense.

    September 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A remarkable, strange and politically potent first film.

    September 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Nyoni is clearly confident in her vision and the story she wants to tell, and in her capable hands, the result is spellbinding.

    September 7, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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  • Nyoni does an excellent job of keeping an absurd tone while losing none of the gravity of the situation.

    September 7, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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