I Am Not a Witch
Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer and associate professor of English at UC Berkeley. The Old Drift is her first novel.
Gorgeous . . . unquestionably one of the most striking debuts of the year.Eric Kohn, IndieWire
Margaret Mulubwa, Nancy Murilo, Margaret Sipaneia,
“The child is a witch,” exclaim the villagers in the opening of this strikingly beautiful first feature by Rungano Nyoni. When young Shula is accused of witchcraft in her village, she is exiled, constrained in her movements, and expected to perform miracles; however, she is not prepared to live this way forever. Employing breathtaking composition, Nyoni layers magical realism, satire, and social critique to blur reality with the surreal in this original and unforgettable story.