SPOTLIGHT 9/18: Rungano Nyoni, Filmmaker

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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