AWFJ Presents I AM NOT A WITCH – Review by Jennifer Merin

I Am Not A Witch is a stunning fantasy-like tale about naive Shula, an eight year old orphaned girl in rural Zambia, who finds her way into a village where she happens to witness a local woman fall down and spill a jug of water she was carrying. The villagers accuse Shula of witchcraft, of causing the accident. Shula, who cannot properly identify herself, nor explain her circumstances, is put on trial by the local authority, represented by a manipulative bureaucratic functionary who handles all incidents of witchcraft.

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AWFJ Presents: I AM NOT A WITCH – Review by Jennifer Merin

I Am Not A Witch is the beautifully crafted, profoundly provocative first feature from writer/director Rungaro Nyoni. The movie is set in rural Zambia, where Shula, a naive eight year old orphaned girl, is found guilty of witchcraft and sentenced to live in a witch camp. Masterfully bewitching storytelling, superb performances by first-time actor Maggie Mulubwa and a fine ensemble cast, exquisite cinematography that reveals nuanced emotions in close ups and captures broad sweeps of the arid landscape, and outstanding editing skills that balance satire and serious social commentary brought I Am Not A Witch numerous awards. Rungano Nyoni’s cinematic style is unique and fascinating. I Am Not A Witch is a must see that warrants a second watch, as well.

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I AM NOT A WITCH – Review by Jennifer Merin

Masterfully bewitching storytelling, a superb performances by first-time actor Maggie Mulubwa and a fine ensemble cast, exquisite cinematography that reveals nuanced emotions in close ups and captures broad sweeps of the arid landscape, and outstanding editing skills that balance satire and serious social commentary have brought I Am Not A Witch into contention for Oscar gold as the UK’s submission for best foreign film. Rungano Nyoni’s cinematic style is unique and fascinating. I Am Not A Witch is a must see. And, it warrants a second watch, as well.

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SPOTLIGHT 9/18: Rungano Nyoni, Filmmaker, I AM NOT A WITCH

awfj spotlight black littleRungano Nyoni’s debut feature, I Am Not A Witch could be described as bold filmmaking. The story of an eight-year-old Zambian girl accused of witchcraft is both visceral drama and intelligent, powerful social commentary. Yet for writer/director Nyoni, it was simply a narrative she felt compelled to bring to an audience.

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I AM NOT A WITCH – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Rungano Nyoni embellishes reality somewhat as a quiet pre-teen girl (Maggie Mulubwa, whose big, round saucer eyes fill in most of the blanks in her performance), oddly attired in a T-shirt bearing the slogan “bootycall,” is accused of being a budding sorceress when she happens to be nearby a woman after she trips and spills the bucket of water she was carrying on her head.

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