I Am Not A Witch at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Starts Monday 23/10/2017 12:00
Ends Monday 23/10/2017 14:00


From Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni comes this strikingly original debut feature film that satirises the ancient beliefs of modern Zambia.

The film sees an eight-year-old girl accused of witchcraft and exiled to a witch camp in the middle of a desert.

The film is supported by Cannes’ Cinefondation Residency and with this marking Rungano Nyoni out as a major new talent, we can look forward to seeing some more fascinating films from her in the years to come.

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I Am Not A Witch

directed by Rungano Nyoni

Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula 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.


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