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Published on Nov 4, 2014

WHITE SHADOW - A feature film by Noaz Deshe - German theatrical release: 06th November 2014

WHITE SHADOW is the story of Alias, a young albino boy on the run. After witnessing his father’s murder, his mother sends him away to find refuge in the city. He’s brought to the care of his uncle, Kosmos, a truck driver struggling with a few small businesses. In the city, Alias is a quick learner, selling sunglasses, DVDs and mobile phones. He is fond of his uncle’s daughter, Antoinette, although his uncle disapproves. Gradually the city becomes no different than the bush and wherever Alias travels the same rules of survival apply.

Since 2007 it has become known that Albinos in Tanzania have become a commodity – human targets of a lucrative and sinister trade. Witch doctors offer thousands of dollars for albino body parts which are believed to bring good fortune, prosperity and the ability to cure any illness. As a result, Tanzanian albinos, including children, have been murdered by gangs of men who hack off arms, legs or genitals. Some will pay from $500 to $5000 for an albino limb while the average annual income in Tanzania is $442. There is a saying in East Africa, “Albinos don’t die, they just disappear”. Seventy-three such documented killings have occurred in the past two years as well as hundreds of unreported attacks since 2007.

Executive producer of WHITE SHADOW is the actor and filmmaker Ryan Gosling.

Tanzania/Italy/USA/Germany 2013 | Feature | 115 min. | HD | 1:1.85 | Color | Dolby 5.1 | Swahili with English or German subtitles | Shadoworks - Asmara Films - Phantasma Films - Chromosom Film - Reel2Reel - Mojaco Film - French Exit

Venice Filmfestival 2013 (Best Feature Debut), Sundance Filmfestival (World Narrative Competition), Black Cinema Geneva (Audience Award- Winner), San Francisco Filmfestival (New Directors Prize),Tarkovsky Filmfestival Zirkalo (Best Director), Durban Filmfestival (Best Director), New Horizons Wroclaw (Grand Prix and Audience Award), Munich Filmfestival (Honorable Mention), Potsdam (Best Feature Film) , Oldenburg, Osnabrück, Vilnius, Istanbul, Nashville, Barcelona, Cluj, Karlovy Vary, Zanzibar, etc. (all of them over 2014).


Darsteller / Cast: Hamisi Bazili (Alias), James Gayo (Kosmos), Glory Mbayuwayu (Antoinette), Salum Abdallah (Salum),
Tito D. Ntanga (Father), Riziki Ally (Mother), James P. Salala (Adin), John S. Mwakipunda (Anulla)
Regie / director: Noaz Deshe
Buch / screenplay: Noaz Deshe, James Masson
Kamera / cinematography: Armin Dierolf, Noaz Deshe
2. Kamera / 2nd camera: Nassos Chatzopoulos
Schnitt / editing: Noaz Deshe, Xavier Box, Robin Hill, Nico Leunen
Musik / music: James Masson, Noaz Deshe
Ton / sound: Elie Chansa, Niklas Kammertöns, Thomas Wallmann
Kostüm / costumes: Sandra Leutert, Caren Miesenberger
Art Direction: Smith Kimaro, Deepesh Shapriya
Line Producers: Vanessa Ciszewski, Francesca Zanza
Produzenten / Producers: Ginevra Elkann, Noaz Deshe, Francesco Melzi d’Eril
Produktion / Production: Asmara Films, Shadoworks, Mocajo Film
Koproduzenten / Coproducers: Alexander Wadouh, Matthias Luthardt, Babak Jalali
Koproduktion / Coproduction: Chromosom Filmproduktion, French Exit, Phantasma Films, Real2Reel
Ausführende Produzenten / Executive Producers: Ryan Gosling, Stefano Gallini-Durante
Associate Producers: Matteo Ceccarini, Eva Riccobono, Luigi De Vecchi, Depart Foundation, Andreas Hommelsheim
Mit Unterstützung von / with the support of: Nipkow Programme, Goethe-Institut Tanzania, Alliance française Dar es Salaam

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