Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

I Am Not a Witch

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

I Am Not a Witch

Article excerpt

This is the story of little Shula who is found abandoned in a small village where she is then accused of being a witch. She is given the choice of confessing to being a witch or of becoming a goat. She chooses, as much as any small child can make such a choice, identifying herself as a witch. She is then sent to a witch camp where all of the witches are put on a tether that keeps them under control. Sula and the other witches are exploited by the government overseer. They are often used for hard labor, picking crops or breaking rocks. Always tied to their tether. Because Shula is so young she is used by the government overseer to trick people. Sometimes she is said to determine the guilt or innocence of a suspect. Sometimes she is supposed to bring rain to a drought ridden land.

In the end, Shula runs to the end of her tether and dies. …

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