Witches on Trial

Channel 4

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Seyi Rhodes and director Julie Noon report from the Central African Republic, a country obsessed with black magic where every year hundreds of people continue to be attacked, tried and imprisoned for a crime that is neither defined nor clearly understood.

They meet\villagers convinced that one of their number has deliberately turned\into a rat, a snake or a dog in order to commit murder. Since 1960 in\CAR it has been illegal to "use charlatanism and sorcery to harm\others" and so it is that more than half the country's prison\population is made up of so-called "witches".

\‘Scandalous and very sad’
\ - The Observer\

‘Anyone who believes that the problems of West Africa can be solved by\an act of political will should watch this shocking programme'
\ - Times

First Broadcast

November 12, 2010



Producer Director

Julie Noon


Seyi Rhodes

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


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