Cleveland International Film Festival } March 27 – April 7, 2019 } Tower City Cinemas

I Am Not a Witch


Year: 2017
Run Time: 93 minutes

I Am Not a Witch
I Am Not a Witch
I Am Not a Witch
I Am Not a Witch

When a woman carrying water trips and falls unexpectedly on an empty path, she looks up to see eight-year-old Shula standing nearby. Of course, the only logical explanation for the incident is that Shula is a witch who willed the woman to fall… right? This is the conclusion the village leaders come to before they exile Shula to a witch camp. Upon arrival, Shula is tied to a spool of white ribbon and told if she cuts herself free, she will turn into a goat. Once officially named a witch by the community, her identity takes many forms—an oddity for tourists, a manipulative sorceress, a respected voice of the gods—but is it possible Shula is simply a child? I AM NOT A WITCH is a mindfully crafted dark satire set in modern day Zambia. The film highlights the country’s contradictory blend of traditional beliefs with modern culture and exposes the multi-layered problems that arise as a result. (In English, Bemba, Nyanja, and Tongan with subtitles) —G.S.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:35 PM

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 3:30 PM

African Diaspora
Women of the World

New Direction Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Rungano Nyoni

Rungano Nyoni was born in Lusaka, Zambia and immigrated to Wales as a young girl. She graduated from Birmingham University in the United Kingdom and studied drama at the London University of Arts. I AM NOT A WITCH has received numerous awards and nominations including two British Independent Film Awards and a BAFTA nomination.

Nordic Factory (2014), I AM NOT A WITCH (2017)

Juliette Grandmont, Emily Morgan

Rungano Nyoni

David Gallego

Yann Dedet, Geroge Cragg, Thibault Hague

Principal Cast
Margaret Mulubwa, Henry B.J. Phiri, Nancy Mulilo, Margaret Sipaneia

Print Source

Community Partner

The International Youth Leadership Foundation

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