White Shadow

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 cellphones, it will not take long before the boy experiences at first hand the difficulties of life and of being different.


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  • ★★★½ review by Leonardo Olmos on Letterboxd

    there's something special about this movie. Something rather fascinating and quite discomforting.

  • ★★★½ review by matt lynch on Letterboxd

    modernity in conflict with superstition, with neither one a particularly attractive proposition. the "white shadow" is the pollution of a culture on global capital's bottom rung, cannibalizing itself (with plenty of encouragement from a world that uses Africa for a garbage dump) for the supposedly miraculous properties of a symbolic whiteness.

  • ★★★½ review by Russ Fischer on Letterboxd

    Haunting, dreamy, difficult. Depicts a life led by no one we're likely to ever know.

  • ★★★½ review by cinemagazine on Letterboxd

    "Door zijn moeilijkheidsgraad lijkt ‘White Shadow’ vooral geschikt voor de geharde arthousebezoeker. Die zal ook minder snel schrikken van het (sporadische) knetterharde geweld. In Tanzania zijn blijkbaar geen goedkope vuurwapens te koop, dus bij geweld komt al snel het betere handwerk kijken. Niet prettig om te zien, zoals deze hele film geen prettig verhaal vertelt. Maar relevante en stilistisch hoogstaande cinema is dit zeker."

  • ★★★★½ review by Paul Hernandez on Letterboxd

    Me perdí el inicio pensando que la función tenía comerciales, pero lo que vi fue impresionante.

    La próxima semana la veo como debe ser, ya en las últimas fechas de la muestra.

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