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I Am Not a Witch

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Set in the present day, an African satire about beliefs in witchcraft, revolving around a 9 year old girl, Shula, who is accused of being a witch. Shula is the first child to be taken to a travelling witch camp, where she is tethered to a spool with a ribbon. She is told that should she cut the ribbon and attempt to escape, she will be cursed and transformed into a goat. Over time Shula begins to long for freedom. Forced to decide whether to accept her fate as a witch, Shula ignites a rebellion within the camp.
Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2017 - Directors Fortnight


Type of film
Running Time
c. 90 mins
Rungano Nyoni 1st Feature
Emily Morgan, Juliette Grandmont, Titus Kreyenberg
Executive Producer
Eve Gabereau, Mary Burke, Hannah Thomas, Eva Yates, Daniel Battsek
George Cragg
Rungano Nyoni
Director of Photography
David Gallego
Production Designer
Nathan Parker
Principal Cast
Maggie Mulubwa, Ritah Mubanga, Dyna Mufuni, Chileshe Kalimamukwento, Travers Merrill, Henry B.J. Phiri, Margaret Sipaneia
Financed by
BFI, Film4, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (CNC-Institut français), Berlinale World Cinema Fund, HBF+Europe
Developed with the support of
BFI NET.WORK with National Lottery funding for new and emerging UK filmmakers, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Cannes Cinefondation Residency 2013, Moulin D’Ande Residency 2014, IFP No Borders Prize 2013, ARTE Prize 2014, Vision Sud Est Development Funding via Locarno Film Festival, HBF Development support

Production Company

UK, France coproduction

Soda Pictures (UK), Clandestine Pictures (FR), Unafilm (DE) with support of BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales (UK), Film4 (UK), Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (FR), Berlinale World Cinema Fund (DE), HBF+Europe (NE)

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