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South By South / Rungano Nyoni: I Am Not a Witch at South London Gallery

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Time 19:00
Date 03/08/18
Price £5

Garnering praise from audiences and critics alike at the Cannes 2017 Directors’ Fortnight, I Am Not a Witch follows eight-year-old Shula, a girl accused of being a witch.

When nine-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp. There, she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.