In the United States and Western Europe occultists have a particular perspective on how they relate to mainstream society. Sometimes it’s useful to reflect on how the occult is perceived in other cultures and director Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not A Witch does exactly that and a lot more. Here’s a snippet of the AVClub review:
“Throughout I Am Not A Witch, Welsh-Zambian newcomer Rungano Nyoni’s satire of the picaresque adventures of a girl accused of witchcraft in contemporary Zambia, one image dominates: long white ribbons, fluttering in the breeze. These ribbons, attached with hooks to the backs of women (and, in the case of our heroine, Shula, one little girl) accused of witchcraft and twirled onto gigantic spools that they carry everywhere they go, are supposed to keep these witches from flying off into the bright, boundless sky in search of prey, both human and animal.