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In Conversation with Director Rungano Nyoni of BAFTA Award-Winning Debut Film, 'I Am Not A Witch'

We speak with the Zambian filmmaker about her creative process and the film's continued success.

Rungano Nyoni is the writer and director whose debut feature film, I'm Not A Witch, was awarded the "Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer" by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) this February in London. Shot in Zambia, the film is primarily about Shula, an 8-year-old girl played by newcomer Maggie Mulubwa, and her experience at a camp for women accused of witchcraft.

In 2017, Nyoni also won "Best Director" at the British Independent Film Award in the same year the film won "Best Feature" at the African International Film Festival held in Nigeria. In a phone interview with OkayAfrica, the Zambian-born filmmaker talks at length about the nature of her film, beliefs in witchcraft, her filmmaking process and its continued success since its release in May last year.

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