I am Not a Witch (Zambia: 2014)

Director

Rungano Nyoni

Cast list

Lars Mikkelsen... Daniel

Signe Egholm Olsen... Anne

Mads Riisom... Daniel

Dar Salim... Amir

Credits

Helene Granqvist... producer

Valeria Richter... producer

Nynne Marie Selin Eidnes... producer (as Nynne Selin)

Dominique Welinski... associate producer

Kristian Eidnes Andersen... music

Patrick Jonsson... music

Kristoffer Salting... sound designer

Olesya Kireeva... colorist

Christian Falkenberg Husum... legal consultant

Synopsis

The setting of this film takes place in a makeshift refugee camp in a northern region of Nyoni’s native Zambia. The main protagonist in I am Not a Witch is a nine year old girl named Shula, who is in fact a witch. Throughout the film Shula struggles with the decision to give up her powers, so that she may no longer be ostracized in her community. Nyoni shows the difficulties associated with adolescence in females and the nervous condition of being different from what society considers appropriate. This film brings to light the struggle of remaining true to oneself while simultaneously trying to be accepted by the surrounding community. I am Not a Witch is a coming of age film designed to show younger generations that it is ok to be different, as long as you are comfortable with who you are as a person.

Reviews

Nordic Factory Film, I am Not a Witch

Festival del Film Locarno, I am Not a Witch

Tambay A. Obenson, Rungano Nyoni’s 'I Am Not a Witch' + John Trengove's 'The Wound' Are Hubert Bals Fund Grant Picks,(blog)

Rachel Gabara. “Africa First: Volume Two. Mwansa the Great dir. by Rungano Nyoni, and: Umkhungo dir. by Matthew Jankes, and: Tinye So dir. by Daouda Coulibaly, and: Dirty Laundry dir. by Stephen Abbott, and: A Good Catholic Girl dir. by Matt Bishanga (review).” African Studies Review 57.3 (2014): 254-258. Project MUSE. Web. 1 Dec. 2015. <https://muse.jhu.edu/>.

Aboubakar Sanogo. “Certain Tendencies in Contemporary Auteurist Film Practice in Africa.” Cinema Journal 54.2 (2015): 140-149. Project MUSE. Web. 1 Dec. 2015. <https://muse.jhu.edu/>.

Lizelle Bisschoff. “Representing Africa in the UK: Programming the Africa in Motion Film Festival.” Research in African Literatures 44.2 (2013): 142-162. Project MUSE. Web. 1 Dec. 2015. <https://muse.jhu.edu/>.