When eight-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp. There, she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.
Rungano Nyoni participated in the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence programme in 2013 and was selected for the Nordic Factory where she codirected and co-wrote the short Listen which was selected for over 150 film festivals and premiered in Directors Fortnight. It won over seventy awards including the Oscar® qualifying Best Short Narrative Prize at Tribeca Film Festival (2015). Nyoni also directed the award winning and BAFTA nominated Mwansa The Great, as well as writing the Locarno Golden Leopard winner The Mass of Men. She graduated from Central St Martins with an MA in Acting.
CAST & CREDITS
Director Rungano Nyoni
Screenwriter Rungano Nyoni
Producers Juliette Grandmont, Emily Morgan
Editors Yann Dedet, Geroge Cragg, Thibault Hague
Cinematographer David Gallego
Composer Matthew James Kelly
Production Designer Nathan Parker
Costume Designer Holly Rebecca
Cast Margaret Mulubwa, Henry B.J. Phiri, Nancy Mulilo, Margaret Sipaneia