Film, TV and Radio

BBC Radio 5 Live Investigation into Witchcraft Accusations in the UK

Listen to the full story, including comment from WHRIN Executive Director – Gary Foxcroft – here 

Kenya: Elderly people in Kilifi lynched on suspicion of witchcraft

Kaya elders in Kilifi County in conjunction with a human rights group have launched a campaign against lynching of elderly persons on suspicion that they were witches. Villagers have killed several elderly persons and now the two groups want to create awareness.

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Africa: ‘Witches and witchcraft in Africa’

Truthloader explores how the belief in witchcraft leads to violence, harvesting of body parts and some of the most vulnerable people in society being ostracised from their communities.

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Papua New Guinea: ‘A War on Witches’

As witch-hunts and sorcery killings spread across Papua New Guinea, 101 East investigates shocking human rights abuses.

The naked woman is tied to a stake and burnt alive, tortured to death before an entire village. Her alleged crime: Witchcraft.

In this disturbing investigation, 101 East exposes several unreported killings and the attacks on those who dare to help victims. With police often unwilling to investigate attacks, witch-hunts are increasing, and survivors are forced to confront their own attackers.

Read more and watch the video here

Tanzania: The Albino Witchcraft Murders

Documentary which charts the attempts of two people with albinism to follow their dreams in the face of prejudice and fear in Tanzania. Against the backdrop of an escalation in brutal murders of people with albinism, quietly determined 15-year-old Veda still dreams of completing his education.

Josephat Torner has dedicated his life to campaigning against the discrimination of his people, confronting communities who may be hiding the murderers. Harry Freeland’s film reveals a story of deep-rooted superstition, suffering and incredible strength.

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Papua New Guinea: Witch-hunts in Papua New Guinea

A belief in Kumo witchcraft has led to attacks on women who are accused of being sorcerers.

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Central African Republic: Witches on Trial

This Unreported World documentary focuses on witchcraft in the Central African Republic, where it is used to explain every misfortune. Belief in witchcraft is embedded into society, affecting and impacting upon everyday living.

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India: ‘Child Sacrifice in India’

India holds the oldest Advent Christian missionary outpost in world. And as shocking as it may seem, there are ritual child sacrifices being made to gods of rural witch doctors. But one pastor has saved 189 to date and is raising them in an orphanage. Imagine the potential testimony one of those children will have to tell when he grows up. Snatched out of the hands of Satan himself to be raised a follower of Jesus Christ. That’s what you call “walking in the valley of the shadow of death.”

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Mexico: ‘Witchcraft’

This National Geographic video discusses the prevalence of witchcraft in Mexico, with practitioners of witchcraft employing their skills for both beneficial and sinister uses.

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Ghana: ‘Ghana Witches’

This National Geographic video invites the viewer to travel to Gnani, a village in northern Ghana and home to a group of women accused of practicing black magic. Banished from their homes and shunned by their families, these former witches must live out the rest of their days in exile.

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