Award winning Zambian film “I Am Not A Witch” which had its initial release in France, will be released by Film Movement to US theaters on September 7.
“I Am Not A Witch” by Zambian filmmaker Rungano Nyoni was screened at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Since then, it has gotten several nominations and won awards, one of which is the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Nyoni and producer Emily Morgan at the 71st British Academy Film Awards.
The brilliant movie follows the story of “an eight year old girl Shula (Maggie Mulubwa) who is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp in the middle of a desert. At the camp she takes part in an initiation ceremony where she is shown the rules surrounding her new life as a witch. Like the other residents, Shula is tied to a ribbon which is attached to a coil that perches in a large tree. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she’ll be cursed and transformed into a goat.”
The movie will be showing in selected US theaters from September 7th.