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I Am Not a Witch Reviews

September 28, 2018
Even if writer-director Rungano Nyoni's film were a lesser achievement - less unsettlingly complicated, less bitterly funny, less bluntly sad - it would still have the witch truck, one of the great cinematic images of this or any other year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 27, 2018
Nyoni presents one dazzling set piece after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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 12, 2018
A remarkable, strange and politically potent first film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
Nyoni's frank, confrontational style is both derisive and empathetic; she extracts powerful symbolic images from the oppressive environment.
April 18, 2018
In this feature debut from Zambian-born film-maker Rungano Nyoni, ancient superstitions and crass commercialism go into partnership to grotesque effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2017
It's hard to make gripping a character who hasn't found their voice. Yet Mulubwa does.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2017
Strikingly original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2017
Exhilarating, humorous yet still disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2017
For all its satirical elements, I Am Not A Witch retains an air of mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2017
First-time feature director Rungano Nyoni has a comic gift, coolly ticking away at the heart of her singular satire I Am Not a Witch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2017
A magic realist fable set in present-day Zambia that has plenty to say about gender and superstition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 27, 2017
It's rare and exhilarating that a new filmmaker arrives on the scene so sure of herself and so willing to take bold, counter-intuitive chances.
May 25, 2017
Nyoni has delivered a pulsingly odd and strikingly original debut: a tale of dogma, prejudice and corruption in the country of her birth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 25, 2017
A fable-like story about a young African girl banished from her village for alleged witchcraft, it blends deadpan humor with light surrealism, vivid visuals and left-field musical choices.