I am Not a Witch (12A)

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I am Not a Witch (12A)

Wales/2017/93mins/12A Dir: Rungano Nyoni With: Maggie Mulubwa, Henry BJ Phiri

When nine-year-old Shula is accused of witchcraft, she is sent away to a "witch camp" to live in abysmal conditions alongside other women who've been exiled in order to be forgotten. As is the custom, Shula is fitted with a spindle on her back, from which a long white ribbon runs: a "security measure" to ensure she won't fly off. On her first night in the camp she's told she may cut the ribbon, but doing so will turn her into a goat. Faced with this non-choice, Shula remains tethered — to the camp, its exploitative manager, and a cruelly unjust world.

 

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