Casting Director and Actors Coach: Patrícia Carreira
Written and Directed by Rungano Nyoni
Zambia, Lusaka | Feature Film
Official submission of United Kingdom for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.
The film’s premiere was at Cannes International Film Festival in May 2017.
BAFTA Awards 2018 | Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Adelaide Film Festival 2017 | Best Feature
British Independent Film Awards 2017 | Best Director, Douglas Hickox Award
Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2018 | Best Film Award, Best Director Award, Student Jury Award
Evening Standard British Film Awards 2018 | Malone Soulless Award for Breakthrough of the Year
Mumbai Film Festival 2017 | Special Mention
Oak Cliff Film Festival 2018 | Best Narrative Feature
Sarasota Film Festival 2018 | Narrative Feature
Stockholm Film Festival 2017 | Best Director Debut
Titanic International Film Festival 2018 | Breaking Waves Award
Vues d’Afrique Film Festival 2018 | Best Feature Film
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.