White Shadow

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    White Shadow

    Directed by

    Italy, Germany, Tanzania

    2013

    115 min

    • English
    • Swahili

    Drama

    Since 2008, albinos in Tanzania have become human targets. Witch doctors offer huge sums of cash for their body parts to be used in magic potions. From 2008 to 2010, more than 200 witch-doctor inspired murders occurred. As a local saying goes: “Albinos do not die, they just disappear.” This is the story of Alias, an albino boy on the run. After his father’s murder, his mother sends him to the city. His uncle Kosmos, a truck driver, takes care of him. Alias learns fast in the city, selling sunglasses, DVDs and cellphones, it will not take long before the boy experiences at first hand the difficulties of life and of being different.

    Awards

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    • Lion of the Future Award - Venice IFF
    • New Directors Award Special Jury Mention - San Francisco IFF
    • Special Mention of the Jury - Transilvania IFF
    • Best Director - Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival
    • Boréal Audience Award - Black Movie FF
    • Best Feature - East End FF
    • Best Direction - Durban IFF
    • Grand Prix, Audience Award - T-Mobile New Horizons IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Hamisi Bazili
    James Gayo
    Glory Mbaywayu
    Salum Abdallah
    James P. Salala
    Smith Kimaro
    John S. Mwakipunda
    Screenplay
    Noaz Deshe
    James Masson
    Cinematography
    Armin Dierolf
    Noaz Deshe
    Editing
    Noaz Deshe
    Xavier Box
    Robin Hill
    Nico Leunen
    Music
    James Masson
    Noaz Deshe

    Director's Statement

    While preparing to teach in Dar Es Salaam, I learned about the hunting of Albinos in East Africa. I decided a film must be made: a real chronicle of a young person with a price on his head. A person who has to urgently become aware of his own condition against events that can end his life. In a certain circumstance, you can witness what it feels to be a beast. to react, to be alert to your utmost ability. You must accept the solitude of your dreams as your friend and as a form of survival. The details of the plot should be only what the character is able to understand and piece together, the politics and cultural information should be delivered in a sensory form. To make the film work we needed to be small, local and quick-moving, making sure everyone was safe and brave.

    Sales
    MPM PREMIUM
    Production
    ASMARA FILMS
    Production
    SHADOWORKS
    Production
    MOCAJO FILM

    Press

    ...a promising directing debut.

    Camillo de Marco, Cineuropa

    Noaz Deshe

    Noaz Deshe

    Germany

    Noaz Deshe is a Berlin and Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker. He composed the soundtrack of FRONTIER BLUES (2009), debut feature by Iranian director Babak Jalali. His debut graphic novel IN CASE WE NEVER MEER is awaiting publication. WHITE SHADOW is his debut feature film.