This review was originally published by the (UK) Guardian Africa Network on March 19, 2015.
White Shadow, released this week in the UK tells the story of a teenage Tanzanian boy with albinism, Alias, who lives in constant fear of his life.
The film, by German director Noaz Deshe, tells a fictional story informed by the situation facing Tanzania’s albino population today.
At least 75 people with albinism have been killed in Tanzania since 2000, with many suffering violent attacks. A belief that albino body parts can be used to bring good fortune has been a key factor in fuelling the violence. Continue reading