Join us for the groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed feature debut of Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni.
When eight-year-old Shula turns up alone in a rural village in Zambia, the locals becomes 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 in the desert. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.
Moving, often satirical and profoundly surreal, I Am Not a Witch is an unforgettable cinematic experience.
Dir. Rungano Nyoni • 2017 • UK • 93 mins • Cert 12A • French with English subtitles
Followed by panel discussion, in partnership with AFRUCA
Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA) was established in May 2001 in the aftermath of the deaths of children like Jude Akapa, Victoria Climbie and Damilola Taylor in the UK. The organisation was set up as a platform for advocating for the welfare of African children and has since gained recognition for its role in speaking out on key issues affecting African children in the UK.
The charity has been at the forefront of efforts to denounce the trafficking of African children to the country as well as highlighting the issue of the branding of children as witches or as possessed by evil spirits. It has drawn attention to both phenomena through organising activities, and engaging at different levels with policy-makers, other NGOs and within the African community.
Debbie Ariyo OBE (Founder and Chief Executive of AFRUCA)
Born in England and raised in Nigeria, Debbie Ariyo OBE is a multi-award winning social entrepreneur. With 15 years senior management experience in a number of key areas, she has helped to build the AFRUCA brand and its range of innovative work programmes on the promotion and protection of African children, raising the organisation’s profile as a dynamic children’s charity.
Debbie is a recognised expert in the field of child protection and diversity issues with strong expertise in different specialist areas. She is a Trainer, a Campaigner, a Writer, a Researcher, a Public Speaker and a strong Advocate for the rights and welfare of children. As a strong believer in prevention and early intervention strategies in the protection of children, she has produced many guideline materials and safeguarding publications to help raise the skills levels of parents, policy-makers and practitioners to aid child upbringing and prevent abuse.
Debbie holds an Executive Master degree in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Master degree in Urban Policy from the University of North London and a Bachelors degree in French and Education from the University of Benin, Nigeria.
Justin Bahunga (Consultant and Trainer on Faith Based Abuse)
Justin Bahunga is an expert on witchcraft branding and faith-based abuse, who worked as AFRUCA's Policy and Network Development Officer for 8 years until 2014. Justin has worked extensively with the charity on campaigns against witchcraft branding, and has travelled all over the country to provide training on the subject.
Rev. Joseph Eugene Nwokorie (Director, Solace International)
Rev. Joseph Eugene Nwokorie is of mixed BME heritage with Caribbean and African parents. Aside from being a minister of religion according to the Christian understanding (Pentecostal wing), he is a professional in three fields within the area loosely known as the ‘helping professions’: teacher, counsellor and Parent Support Adviser. In his professional and personal engagements, he has over twenty years’ experience of working with children, young people, families and professionals. He is also actively engaged in poverty alleviation, advocacy and interfaith projects and strongly believes that there is a powerful link between backgrounds, belief systems, poverty, education and empowerment. Hhis work involves engagement with people across most continents and as part of that, he is currently overseeing Solace International (‘Solace’).
Solace is a registered charity (1162864); it aims to equip people caught in cycles such as poverty, ignorance and violence, all over the world with tools which would help them break free and stay free. The charity operates on Bible-based Christian ethos although it is neither a church, nor affiliated or in any way connected, to a church, doctrine or denomination. Solace is self-funded and does not receive financial support from any organisation or government.
A note from Joseph:
"I Am Not A Witch is interesting to Faiths Together in Croydon (FTiC), as well as both Solace and me because of our common interest in the welfare of children and our understanding that many children suffer unnecessarily as a result of religious and pseudo-religious beliefs and/or superstitions; this event will hopefully equip us further to help children, families and people of different faiths understand some key issues better."