I Am Not a Witch

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Rungano Nyoni
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 19 nominations.
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93 min

Yes, how are you?

Ticket is ten Kwacha.

It's a lot of money.

How are you?

Thank you.

- Here you go.

- Thank you.

Hello sir.

Fine, thank you.

I'm so excited.

Thank you.

I just wanted to really find out:

what are those ribbons for, behind them?

These are used to prevent

these witches from flying.

They cannot fly anymore.

Yeah, can't fly now.

Ok so in broad daylight, they can fly?

Yeah, they do fly even during the day

but as they are now they can't.

- How far will they be able?

- Anywhere. They can even go to UK.

- Oh really? That far?

- Yes.

They can fly to UK.

When they fly, can they kill people?

That's why they usually fly, to go and kill.

- They're harmless as they are now?

- As they are now they're harmless, yes.

That's why they are here,

just to show people, tourists.

Madam, this child is a witch.

From the time that this child

came into the village,

Lots of strange things have been happening,

things that never used to happen.

Strange things have been

happening in the village

since she got here.

We don't know where she came from.

She has no friends,

she has no relatives,

she wanders around like a lost person.

This is what I'm saying, madam.

She's a witch.

This child is a witch.


From the day it happened,

no-one draws water from that well,

not for drinking, not for bathing,

because we're scared,

because of this witch.

This child is a witch.

I'm telling you, this girl is a witch.

This is the water?

Yeah, yeah.

This is what I'm saying, madam.

She's a witch.

You're making noise?

What do you want?

I have something to say as well.

Come in.

I'm a witness.

You're a witness?

Yes, I am a witness.

This girl is a witch.

What did you witness?

I was ploughing my field,


Like I always do,

when I noticed a small shadow.

It came above me, on top of my head.

I didn't take any notice,

I thought it was just a cloud.


Then... I heard laughter.

I looked around...

and I saw this girl.

The child sitting here?

The same one... just standing there.


What was she doing?

She was just standing there.

She was just standing there?

Yes, she was just standing there.

And what did you do?

Then I looked again

and realised she had an axe.

Now, do you know what happened next?

She hit me with the axe!

She hit me across the arm.

Then my arm fell to the ground.

Then all my blood

splashed on the ground.

So what did you do

after your arm fell off?


Ever since I had that dream...

It was just a dream!

Now my wife is the one

that goes to the field...



Are you done?

Yes. Aren't you going

to write down my statement?

- Leave! We've heard you.

- OK. I'll go.

See all those people outside... and her?

They're saying you're a witch.

What's your name?


She's a witch.

Yes, she's a witch.

Your back?

Let me...

Just turn a little bit.

It's fine.

Is that my phone?

Is that the phone ringing?

- Is that my phone?

- Yes.

I'm coming. I'm coming, baby.


- Hold on for him.

- Who is it?

I don't know the number.

I don't know who it is.

- Hello.

- Hello.

- Hello.

- Hello, good evening.

Good evening.

- Am I speaking to Mr. Banda?

- Yes.

How may I help you?

Sir, this is Officer Josephine.

- Yes.

- I'm calling you from precinct 11-78.

I was asked to call you.

We have a situation here.

What situation do you have?

I have a small girl here.

They're accusing her of witchcraft.


Sir, so the same girl is not denying.


She is refusing to confirm

or deny if she's a witch.

What do you mean?

Under interrogation, sir,

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Rungano Nyoni

Rungano Nyoni is a Zambian-Welsh director and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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