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‘Witch’ child actor wins Best Actress award

ZAMBIA’S Maggie Mulubwa, star of the feature film “I Am Not a Witch” by Rungano Nyoni, has won Best Actress at the 15th edition of the Tarifa-Tangiers African Film Festival (FCAT 2018).

Nine-year-old Mulubwa won the award for her portrayal of a child accused of being a witch in the film.

This is the first time that the FCAT jury has awarded the prize to a child actor, citing “her dazzling acting, and the naturalness and range of nuances which she deploys, from magic to poetry”.

The award is funded by the Women for African Foundation.

The CinePalium Festival in Palo del Colle, Italy, also awarded an honorary prize to “I Am Not a Witch by Nyoni” for her ability to “depict hidden identities and truths using satire and inspiration from a true story, with an independent vision and great narrative strength.”

Earlier this year, Nyoni picked up a BAFTA award in the UK for “I Am Not a Witch”.

According to a statement, the programme for the 15th edition of FCAT featured 80 films, including 36 premieres in Spain, 30 films in the competition section, 6 prizes and more than 30 countries represented.

The festival took place from April 27 to May 3 in Tarifa, Spain.

The festival was also held at the Cinémathèque de Tangiers, the city facing Tarifa on the other side of the Gibraltar Strait in Morocco, from April 26 to May 3.

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