NDANGWAH MWITTAH, Livingstone
RUNGANO Nyoni’s critically acclaimed film I Am Not a Witch is set to feature at the 32nd instalment of the Chester International Film Festival in the United Kingdom, expected to run from February 25 to March 6.
The Storyhouse has announced it is hosting the annual Chester International Film Festival, which is presented by Chester Film Society.
The festival line-up boasts a remarkable global selection of recent films that share stories and experiences from an array of countries that will be screened in Storyhouse’s independent cinema.
All screenings will be preceded by two short films as part of the International Animation Festival – a competition to find the best in animation worldwide.
The Animation Festival started four years ago and this year has attracted 1,000 entries from around the world.
Other than Nyoni’s ‘I Am Not a Witch’ – (United Kingdom/France), other feature films being shown are ‘Loving Vincent’ – (Poland/United Kingdom), In Between (Israel/France), “Menashe” – (United States of America), “On Body and Soul” – (Hungary), and “The Nile Hilton Incident” – Sweden.
It is a good if not interesting line-up of films.
For instance, ‘Loving Vincent’, which will open the festival on Sunday, February 25, is BAFTA-nominated. The work has made history as the first animated film entirely consisting of oil paintings.
In the film a young man comes to Vincent van Gogh’s last hometown to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his last days there.
While there have been several other movies about van Gogh, this film is filled with contrasting and conflicting stories, theories and recollections, and descriptions of events from those who crossed paths with the artist on a daily basis.
The film is winner of the Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 2017 European Film Awards in Berlin.
But writer-director Nyoni’s film “I Am Not a Witch”, which will show on Wednesday, February 28, is set to attract intrigue and interests as well. It is what it has been at the various festivals where it has featured since its release.
For those unfamiliar with its storyline, it revolves around a remote Zambian village, where an eight-year-old girl is accused of being a witch following an accident.
She is found guilty and sent to a’ witch camp’.
Nyoni, born in Zambia and part-raised in Wales, was inspired by real-life reports of witchcraft accusations in Zambia. The film, which is also BAFTA-nominated, will be introduced at the festival by Professor Claire Griffiths of the University of Chester.