I Am Not A Witch

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When eight-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 on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.


  • Maggie Mulubwa
  • Benfors 'Wee Do
  • Boyd Banda
  • Kalundu Banda
  • Boniventure
  • Brisky
  • Patricia Carreira
  • Patricia Chaambwa
  • Mureene Chaba
  • Janet Chaile

Did You Know?


  • Official submission of United Kingdom for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.
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Aug 28, 2018

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.

Metacritic review by Stephen Dalton
Stephen Dalton
The Hollywood Reporter
Aug 28, 2018

The film crafts a framework of superstition and ritual, onto which is hung a vividly realised, if somewhat enigmatic portrait of a child’s life.

Wendy Ide
Screen Daily
Aug 28, 2018

Nyoni’s handling of tone is astoundingly careful, and because of it, I Am Not a Witch is a truly unique and stirring experience.

Metacritic review by Nick Rocco Scalia
Nick Rocco Scalia
Film Threat