I Am Not a Witch

Times:

  • 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Emerging filmmaker Rungano Nyoni won this year’s BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut for this comic, tragic, and captivating beautiful tale. The UK’s official 2019 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film tells the story of 9-year-old Zambian orphan Shula, who stands accused of witchcraft. She is exiled to a witch camp run by Mr. Banda, a corrupt government official. Tied to the ground by a white ribbon, Shula is told that she will turn into a goat if she tries to escape. As the only child witch, Shula quickly becomes a local star and the adults exploit her supposed powers for financial gain. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – resign herself to life in the camp, or take a risk for freedom. A hit at over 50 international festivals, I Am Not a Witch is a must-see of New African Cinema. In English and Nyanja, with English subtitles.
Assistive listening services are not available for this film.

Director: Rungano Nyoni
UK/Zambia/France/Germany (2017) • 93 minutes • Not rated
Distributor: Film Movement

Reviews

"In the tension that builds from the nexus of the twin forces in I Am Not a Witch, of the old, oppressive patterns of rural life and the new, oppressive forces of a developing country, there exists the ‘uprooted,’ who are compelled to choose between the dangerous pleasure of unfettered freedom and the equally frightening prospect of bondage." — Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"I Am Not A Witch works in this vein of satire until its haunting ending, and director Rungano Nyoni does an excellent job of keeping an absurd tone while losing none of the gravity of the situation. She accomplishes this by never reducing her subjects’ humanity. There really are witch camps with people who, like Nyoni’s women, have been railroaded into incarceration." — Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com
"In the tension that builds from the nexus of the twin forces in I Am Not a Witch, of the old, oppressive patterns of rural life and the new, oppressive forces of a developing country, there exists the ‘uprooted,’ who are compelled to choose between the dangerous pleasure of unfettered freedom and the equally frightening prospect of bondage." — Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"I Am Not A Witch works in this vein of satire until its haunting ending, and director Rungano Nyoni does an excellent job of keeping an absurd tone while losing none of the gravity of the situation. She accomplishes this by never reducing her subjects’ humanity. There really are witch camps with people who, like Nyoni’s women, have been railroaded into incarceration." — Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.