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I Am Not a Witch (2017)




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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 (28) | Top Critics (3)

A magic realist fable set in present-day Zambia that has plenty to say about gender and superstition.

October 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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It's rare and exhilarating that a new filmmaker arrives on the scene so sure of herself and so willing to take bold, counter-intuitive chances.

May 27, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

The bobbins are a brilliantly employed metaphor, something that feels freshly sprung from a fairy tale, only silly until you consider how sinister they are.

January 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's arguable that Nyoni is stretching a thin premise, but this film is one of the obvious breakouts of the year: exactly the kind of young work-brash, committed, and narratively unpredictable-that film festivals are supposed to champion.

January 10, 2018 | Full Review…

There are some bombastic aural stylistic choices too, with Vivaldi and Estelle rubbing shoulders on the surprising soundtrack. While the satire occasionally feels too blunt, overall the film offers a rush of originality, energy and ambition.

January 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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