Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } 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

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