Directed by Rungano Nyoni (UK/France/Germany/Zambia, 2017, 93 min.). Digital. English and Nyanja with English subtitles.
Set in present-day Zambia, this surreal parable follows a 9-year-old girl who is accused of witchcraft and promptly sent to a “witch camp” – an open-air prison where so-called witches are tethered to spools of ribbon to prevent them from flying away. Although she has few spoken lines, young actress Margaret Mulubwa is a magnetic presence, commanding the screen at every moment. Part anthropological dissection, part absurdist social satire, I Am Not a Witch is a genre-splicing tour de force from first-time director Rungano Nyoni.
Co-presented with the Roxbury International Film Festival.