Rungano Nyoni‘s “I Am Not a Witch”, which recently won the BAFTA award, has been selected as the UK.’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Academy Awards. The film opens September 7th at Quad Cinema and BAM Cinematek in New York City.
“I Am Not a Witch”, nominated for a 2018 Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film and a Golden Camera Award at Cannes, is a film by the Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni, and is a poignant satire about witchcraft in modern Zambia.
The film follows eight-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural village only to raise suspicion among the locals. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp.
The movie has captured the interests of cinema audiences around the world, earning a series of nominations, including the AFI Fest Audience Award and a nod for “Best British Independent Film”.
It has also won nine awards from “Best Film” at the 2017 Adelaide Film Festival and “Best Directorial Debut” at the Stockholm Film Festival to “Best Director”, “Breakthrough Producer” (Emily Morgan) at the 2017 British Independent Film Awards and Nyoni‘s BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.
Watch the trailer for “I Am Not A Witch Here”