‘I Am Not A Witch’ Director Rungano Nyoni Worked With Non-Professionals Overseas On “Super-Ambitious” Zambian Fairy Tale

Of all the films eligible for this year’s BAFTAs, Rungano Nyoni‘s feature debut I Am Not a Witch is definitely the least categorizable. An African story strong on social comment and with definite contemporary relevance, it is leavened with scenes of lyrical magic realism and pierced with streaks of scathing, jet-black satire as a nine-year-old girl, Shula (newcomer Maggie Mulubwa), is accused of witchcraft and sent to a prison camp where women are bound by yards of ribbon…

Of all the films eligible for this year's BAFTAs, Rungano Nyoni's feature debut I Am Not a Witch is definitely the least categorizable. An African story strong on social comment and with definite contemporary relevance, it is leavened with scenes of lyrical magic realism and pierced with streaks of scathing, jet-black satire as a nine-year-old girl, Shula (newcomer Maggie Mulubwa), is accused of witchcraft and sent to a prison camp where women are bound by yards of ribbon…

Film Movement Lands U.S. Rights to Satirical Film ‘I Am Not a Witch’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to Rungano Nyoni’s satiric feature-film debut “I Am Not a Witch,” Variety has learned exclusively. “I Am Not a Witch” screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar and was nominated for a Caméra d’Or award at Cannes. It’s also up for a 2018 Independent Spirit […]

Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to Rungano Nyoni’s satiric feature-film debut “I Am Not a Witch,” Variety has learned exclusively. “I Am Not a Witch” screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar and was nominated for a Caméra d’Or award at Cannes. It’s also up for a 2018 Independent Spirit […]

British Independent Film Awards: ‘God’s Own Country’ Takes Top Honor – Full List

UPDATE, WRITETHRU: The British Independent Film Awards were handed out tonight in London with Francis Lee’s feature debut and festival breakout, God’s Own Country, scooping the Best British Independent Film and three other prizes. A Sundance world premiere and laureate, it stars Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu in a contemporary tale of self-discovery and emotional-awakening set on the sheep farming hills of rural England. The movie from Shudder Films and Inflammable…

UPDATE, WRITETHRU: The British Independent Film Awards were handed out tonight in London with Francis Lee's feature debut and festival breakout, God's Own Country, scooping the Best British Independent Film and three other prizes. A Sundance world premiere and laureate, it stars Josh O'Connor and Alec Secareanu in a contemporary tale of self-discovery and emotional-awakening set on the sheep farming hills of rural England. The movie from Shudder Films and Inflammable…

British Independent Film Awards Shine a Spotlight on Newcomers

Among the front-runners in the race for the British Independent Film Awards are three films by first-time directors: William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth,” Rungano Nyoni’s “I Am Not a Witch,” and Francis Lee’s “God’s Own Country.” This reflects the depth of new directing talent in Britain, and its diversity, with each helmer arriving at this point […]

Among the front-runners in the race for the British Independent Film Awards are three films by first-time directors: William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth,” Rungano Nyoni’s “I Am Not a Witch,” and Francis Lee’s “God’s Own Country.” This reflects the depth of new directing talent in Britain, and its diversity, with each helmer arriving at this point […]

Cannes Film Review: ‘I Am Not a Witch’

Perhaps more beautiful and strange than wholly satisfying, it’s nonetheless easy to see why Rungano Nyoni’s debut film arrives in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar of Cannes trailing ribbons of new-discovery buzz. A defiantly uncategorizable mix of superstition, satire and social anthropology, it tells the story of a small Zambian girl who is denounced as a witch… Read more »

Perhaps more beautiful and strange than wholly satisfying, it’s nonetheless easy to see why Rungano Nyoni’s debut film arrives in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar of Cannes trailing ribbons of new-discovery buzz. A defiantly uncategorizable mix of superstition, satire and social anthropology, it tells the story of a small Zambian girl who is denounced as a witch... Read more »

‘I Am Not A Witch’ Helmer Rungano Nyoni Returns To Cannes With Buzzed-About Feature Debut — Cannes Ones To Watch

After two years spent earning a Masters in Screen Acting at the Drama Center London, Rungano Nyoni decided her calling lay primarily on the other side of the camera. “I realized I was more fascinated shaping stories as a writer-director than as an actor,” she says. “Acting, or learning how to act, was the best directing training I could have had.”
And she certainly hit the ground running. Nyoni’s first foray into filmmaking, The List—about the impact of a list on a group…

After two years spent earning a Masters in Screen Acting at the Drama Center London, Rungano Nyoni decided her calling lay primarily on the other side of the camera. "I realized I was more fascinated shaping stories as a writer-director than as an actor," she says. "Acting, or learning how to act, was the best directing training I could have had." And she certainly hit the ground running. Nyoni's first foray into filmmaking, The List—about the impact of a list on a group…