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I Am Not a Witch


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A wholly remarkable first feature that debuted to rapturous applause in the Cannes Film Festival's Directors’ Fortnight, I Am Not a Witch has played several major world festivals on its way to Utah audiences.

After nine-year-old Shula is accused of being a witch by her fellow villagers, she is ushered to the state authorities for judgment, whereupon she is immediately declared guilty and unceremoniously sentenced to exile in a camp for witches of all ages. Upon arrival, she is tied to a long, white ribbon connected to a large coil whose removal, she is told, will transform her into a goat. Just like Shula, the camp denizens have been scapegoated and gathered together, occasionally expected to perform miracles.

Writer/director Rungano Nyongi’s deft directorial instincts unfurl this tale of interconnected vignettes in true mythological fashion, pointedly and with playful vigor. Gorgeously photographed and performed with resolute confidence, Nyongi's astounding work layers satire and social critique into a richly textured and refreshing take on institutional subjugation, and the film resonates with earth-shattering power.

Tue. 1/23, 3:00 p.m., PC Library, PC
Sat. 1/27, 6:15 p.m., Redstone 7, PC

YEAR 2017

SECTION Spotlight

COUNTRY United Kingdom/France/Zambia/Germany

RUN TIME 92 min

LANGUAGE English and Bemba/Nyanja/Tongan

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles


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Rungano Nyoni

Rungano Nyoni was born in Zambia and grew up in Wales. Nyoni participated in the 2013 Cannes Cinéfondation residence program, and she co-directed the short Listen, which premiered in the Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight, played many world film festivals, and won several awards, including best narrative short at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Nyoni also directed the BAFTA Award–nominated Mwansa the Great and co-wrote the award-winning The Mass of Men.