As we find out more about I Am Not a Witch, we dive into the importance of African film and representation globally in an in-depth short documentary from the Sun

At the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, USA, we discovered more about the I Am Not a Witch film written and directed by Rungano Nyoni. While finding out more about the production it sparked the interest in delving further into the importance of celebrating African cinema.

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I Am Not a Witch centers around a young girl who is sent to a witches camp after an incident in her local village in Zambia. We're given a look into what went in to making the movie, how it came to be and what it means for African film in general. 

The internationally co-produced film saw funding and co-operation from across the globe to realize it's final visual objective.  Rungano shares her thinking behind the film and how she wanted to produce a story that was simple and played out similar to a fairytale. She also chose to ensure that it was a movie that was easy to understand, not just for Zambians, but for any member of the audience to be able to sit and understand without much complexity. 

Watch the video below to find out more about I Am Not a Witch and the importance of celebrating African cinema:

Film bodies such an Sundance continue to inspire and motivate many in the film industry to tell their stories. Filmmakers in African countries should not shy away from telling their stories with the world. We asked a number of key players in the industry to explain to us the importance of seeing more African films. From Yolisa Phahle to Peter Kwele, find out what they have to say. 

Inspired to create your own film? Make sure to find out more about the short film competition that SundanceTV is currently hosting that could be just the platform to get your work noticed!

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