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September 20, 2018
There is a lot to say about how the world mistreats women-strong women-and Nyoni's approach might seem very flimsy when approaching such a large tapestry, but in the end, her film is invigorating and provocative.
September 18, 2018
There are a plethora of elements in I Am Not A Witch that will leave the viewer both intrigued and baffled. Simultaneously mystical, nightmarish, and folkloric, I Am Not A Witch is a provocative allegory for contemporary womanhood and the female body.
September 17, 2018
a powerful feminist message as magical realism, a piece of political folklore resounding through generations.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 13, 2018
Nyoni, working in English and the local language of Nyanja, has an unforced way of dealing with themes like exploitation, oppression and superstition, showing how easy it can be for nonsense to pass itself off as sense.
September 13, 2018
Its oddness makes it a compelling watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 12, 2018
A remarkable, strange and politically potent first film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2018
In a subtly expressive performance, newcomer Mulubwa employs a stoic, morose countenance to convey Shula's bottomless well of hurt, loneliness, shame and fear.
September 9, 2018
The disjointed, episodic pace makes it an off-putting experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 8, 2018
A film that badly misrepresents what happens to women accused of witchcraft in Zambia in a bid to exploit the film festival/art house circuits.
September 7, 2018
Nyoni is clearly confident in her vision and the story she wants to tell, and in her capable hands, the result is spellbinding.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 7, 2018
Nyoni does an excellent job of keeping an absurd tone while losing none of the gravity of the situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 6, 2018
This striking and original film by a Zambian-Welsh writer-director is a feminist allegory set in Zambia.
September 6, 2018
The film is perhaps overly repetitive in emphasizing Shula's inability to escape exploitation, but the story is put across with formal confidence and real originality.
September 3, 2018
It finds that rare nexus of the comic and the tragic, underlining the absurdity of a terrible situation without demeaning those who have been harmed by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 3, 2018
Nyoni's frank, confrontational style is both derisive and empathetic; she extracts powerful symbolic images from the oppressive environment.
August 27, 2018
At times sincerely moving, bleakly comic, infuriating and heartbreaking, I am Not a Witch is a shrewd interrogation of exploitation, power, gender and national and personal identity.
August 25, 2018
A farcical examination of sexism and superstition, I Am Not a Witch is a strong first feature, mostly successful in its satire but falling a little flat in its final stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 21, 2018
Overall, I Am Not A Witch is a perverse, absurd and funny snapshot of life in rural Africa which leaves a very profound afterthought on the treatment of women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 6, 2018
I Am Not a Witch, the brilliant feature debut of Zambian-Welsh writer and director Rungano Nyoni, is a satire with the haunting, surreal sensibility of a fairy tale.
June 24, 2018
The debut film by Rungano Nyoni is a satirical, brilliant and sophisticated denunciation starring the magnificent revelation Maggie Mulubwa. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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