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by Noaz Deshe


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 mobile phones. He is attracted to Antoinette, his uncle’s daughter, but her father totally disapproves. However, Alias will soon be noticed for the colour of his skin.

international title: White Shadow
original title: White Shadow
country: Italy, Germany, Tanzania, United Republic of
sales agent: Premium Films
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Noaz Deshe
film run: 115'
release date: DE 06/11/2014
screenplay: Noaz Deshe, James Masson
cast: Hamis Bazili, James Gayo, Glory Mbayuwayu, Salum Abdallah, Tito D. Ntanga, Riziki Ally, James P. Salala, John S. Makipunda
cinematography by: Armin Dierolf, Noaz Deshe
film editing: Noaz Deshe, Xavier Box, Robin Hill, Nico Leunen
art director: Smith Kimaro, Deepesh Shapriya
costumes designer: Caren Miesenberger, Sandra Leutert
music: James Masson, Noaz Deshe
producer: Ginevra Elkann, Noaz Deshe, Francesco Melzi d'Eril
co-producer: Alexander Wadouh, Matthias Luthardt, Babak Jalali
production: Asmara Films, Chromosom Filmproduktion, French Exit, Shadoworks, Mocajo Film, Phantasma Films, Real2Reel
distributor: temperclayfilm, Noucinemart - CCDA
Watch this film on Festival Scope (for film professionals only)


main awards/selection

Venice 2013 Critics' Week
Lion of the Future - Laurentiis Prize for a First Film
Transilvania International Film Festival 2014 

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