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White Shadow review (in the Guardian): a brutal, honest portrayal of Tanzanian albinism

Alias is the young albino boy who lives in fear of his life. Photograph: White Shadow /Pressshot

Alias is the young albino boy who lives in fear of his life. Photograph: White Shadow /Pressshot

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

Who guards the guards? Scandal and corruption in the UK

For a keen follower of media issues, the past month was a great time to be visiting the UK. In case you missed it, a huge scandal blew up over illegal practices at the News of the World newspaper, which itself turned into a scandal about the amount of influence News International (the paper’s owners) had over the police and senior politicians. The result was what one respected media commentator described as a “revolution“.

I won’t recount the full story here as it is long enough to fill a book (or two), but I will try to cover the key points in brief before thinking about the story’s implications for the Tanzania media. Continue reading