The Festival of Commonwealth Film will be held at:
The Clore Centre
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Winner: 2018 BAFTA for Outstanding Debut
Eight-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village. She is accused of witchcraft by the suspicious locals, found guilty, and sentenced to life in 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. Accepted by the other witches, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but the attempts of an unscrupulous government official to profit by using her “talent” forces her to make a difficult decision: resign herself to life in the camp, or take a risk for freedom.
Told with visual flair and wry humour by Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni, this story of a little girl mistreated is a powerful comment on the roles women are forced to play.
Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet the director
Rungano Nyoni was born in Lusaka, Zambia, and emigrated to Wales at the age of nine. She is a graduate of the University of the Arts, London, and has directed several short films, including Mwansa the Great. I Am Not A Witch is her first feature.
Mark Kermode, The Guardian
“a delicately observed modern-day fable”
Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
spellbinding…a knockout debut
Tara Brady, The Irish Times
“funny, witty, original”
Catherine Sedgwick, The Upcoming
“a boldly provocative parable”
David Parkinson, Empire