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White Shadow

Germany | 2013 | 115 minutes | Noaz Deshe

In Tanzania, young albino Alias is on the run after witnessing his father's murder. He finds city life as fraught with danger as the bush, in this intense and stunning feature debut centering on crime perpetrated because of superstition.

May 17, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 18, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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Alias is a young albino boy in Tanzania with a price on his head on the run. After witnessing his father's murder, his mother sends him away to find refuge in the city. He goes to live with his uncle, Kosmos, a truck driver struggling with a few small businesses. Alias is not the only albino who cannot seem to escape from the unthinkable that is happening in Tanzania, Congo, and Kenya. Traditional healers offer huge sums of cash for albino body parts used in magic potions to make people more powerful, to bring prosperity, or to cure disease. From 2008 to 2010, more than 200 witch doctor-inspired murders occurred. Albinos have become a commodity  - human targets of a lucrative and sinister trade. "Albinos don't die, they just disappear" the locals say. At the same time, people with albinism are ostracized and killed for the opposite reasons - they're presumed to bring bad luck. Israeli director Noaz Deshe has made a highly intense debut film that is mesmerizing and shot with tight close sensory movements that follow, day and night, the details of the plot from Alias' point-of-view. For him, the city eventually becomes no different from the bush and wherever he travels, the same rules of survival apply.

Director biography

Noaz Deshe is a Berlin- and Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker. He composed the soundtrack for Frontier Blues (2009), the debut feature by Iranian director Babak Jalali. Deshe's debut graphic novel, In Case We Never Meet, is awaiting publication. White Shadow is his first feature film.

Sponsored by Goethe-Institut, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Delta Air Lines

Director: Noaz Deshe
Principal Cast: Hamisi Bazili, James Gayo, Glory Mbayuwayu, Salum Abdallah
Country: Germany, Italy, Tanzania
Year: 2013
Running Time: 115 minutes
Producer: Ginevra Elkann, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Noaz Deshe
Screenplay: Noaz Deshe, James Masson
Cinematographers: Armin Dierolf, Noaz Deshe, Nassos Chatzopoulos
Editors: Noaz Deshe, Xavier Box, Robin Hill, Nico Leunen
Music: James Masson, Noaz Deshe
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Venice Film Festival 13 (Lion of the Future)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Swahili
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Premium Films
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