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Middletown International Film Festival at MxCC: I Am Not a Witch
October 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
I Am Not a Witch (Zambia, 2017, directed by Rungano Nyoni, 93 mins.)
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. 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 on a large truck. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she’ll be cursed and transformed into a goat.