UBC Anthropology Film Night: “I Am Not a Witch” by Rungano Nyoni

We may not be able to watch films together in person, but this year the AGSA and ASA would like to extend an invitation to our new co-sponsored online series of Anthropology Film Nights!

We are kicking off this month with a discussion (Thursday, September 24, 7-8pm) facilitated by Dr. Vinay Kamat of the film “I Am Not a Witch” (2017), written and directed by Rungano Nyoni, BAFTA winner for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, winner of the British Independent Film Award Douglas Hickox Award (Directorial Debut), British Independent Film Award for Best Director, and British Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Producer.

Synopsis: Rungano Nyoni’s “I Am Not a Witch” (2017) is a satirical feminist fairy-tale about Shula, an orphaned child in present-day Zambia, who after being accused of witchcraft is exiled to a “witch camp” in order to be used for publicity and financial gain by a corrupt government official.  Shula is faced with a difficult decision: adapt to her new life as a “child witch” or take a major risk to regain her freedom.


Film Length: 92 minutes.

Please watch the film, available on Kanopy and linked below, at your own convenience and then join us for some great conversations on Thursday, September 24th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm PST!


Movie Streaming Link (Kanopy)https://ubc.kanopy.com/video/i-am-not-witch-0

To stream the film, follow the link and select “WATCH NOW”.  You will be re-directed to login using your UBC CWL, after which the film will be available to play.

Movie Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag7TDwj-kEI&t=29s&ab_channel=MovieclipsIndie

Director Interviewhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE8eUU7SkWo&t=47s&ab_channel=GetIntoFilm


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If you’re interested in some additional reading recommended by Dr. Kamat check out:
Auslander, Mark. 1993. “’Open the Wombs!’: The Symbolic Politics of Modern Ngoni Witchfinding.” In Modernity and its Malcontents: Ritual and Power in Postcolonial Africa, edited by Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff, 167-192. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.