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The Letter

Upon hearing that his grandmother is accused of witchcraft, Karisa hurries home in this powerful documentary exploring misogyny and colonial remnants.

Documentary 2019 81 mins Not rated

Director: Maia Lekow


When Karisa receives a letter from relatives alerting him of accusations of witchcraft levelled against his grandmother, he rushes back home. And so this richly layered documentary unfolds, exposing tensions caused by a volatile mix of Christianity, consumerism, and misogyny. The Letter investigates the colonial triggers and the lingering structural injustices that give life to this unfortunate phenomenon.

Part of Film Africa 2020. Film Africa is supported by a BFI Audience Award, using funds from the National Lottery