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I Am Not a Witch

A little girl falls victim to rumour and superstition in Rungano Nyoni's assured directorial debut, which was shot in Zambia, the filmmaker's birthplace. A child called Shula (Margaret Mulubwa) is standing on a dusty road when a woman walking towards her trips and falls, spilling a bucket of water that is balanced on her head. The woman responds by labelling Shula a witch. Tembo (John Tembo), who oversees a camp of suspected witches, takes ownership of Shula and attaches a giant spindle of white ribbon to the girl's back. The ribbon will supposedly stop Shula from using her powers to fly away. As the little girl is taken under the wing of the elders of the witch camp, who have been similarly slandered, Shula is asked to use her powers to solve crimes including the theft of a dowry.