In Tanzania, witch doctors are spreading a belief that the body parts of albino people will bring wealth and good fortune. Referred to as ‘White Ghosts’ and ‘Devils’ within their communities, the superstition surrounding them has grown so strong that albinos now fear for their lives.

COMPLETED 

Filmmakers: Harry Freeland
Year: 2012
Runtime: 84 mins
Country: UK
Format: HD


Winner of the One World Media award for Best Documentary, 2013

Chosen by IndieWire as a doc to watch in 2013



AWARDS

IDFA: Reflecting Images - Audience Award Runner-Up 2012

Cleveland International Film Festival - Winner of the Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up "To" Competition 2013

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

IDFA 2012

DocPoint, Helsinki - 2013

London Human Rights Watch Film Festival - 2013

Cleveland International Film Festival 2013

STORY 

Filmed over six years ’In The Shadow Of The Sun’ tells the story of two albino men as they attempt to follow their dreams in the face of prejudice and fear in Tanzania. Against the backdrop of an escalation in brutal murders of people with albinism, quietly determined 15-year-old Vedastus still dreams of completing his education. Josephat Torner has dedicated his life to campaigning against the discrimination of his people and decides to leave home and travel to confront the communities who may be hiding the murderers. If they want to achieve their aims, Josephat and Vedastus will have to overcome not only other people's prejudice, but also their own fears - because the murderers could always be waiting just around the next corner. Rationality is Josephat's shield: "We can't be refugees in our own country just because of our color."

Through an intimate portrait of Vedastus and Josephat, director Harry Freeland reveals a story of deep-rooted superstition, suffering and incredible strength.


FILMMAKER

Harry Freeland is a director, producer, and cinematographer. His passion is for human-interest, observational, issue-based stories, and his love of Africa in particular has led him to work in 16 African countries. Harry has worked on films for the BBC, ITV, Sky Community Channel, and Teacher's TV. He has directed a number of short-form documentaries for International NGOs. His 2005 short film Waiting For Change about Sierra Leone, was selected for the Sheffield International Documentary Festival. It was screened by the BBC, and broadcast in five West African countries. This is his first feature-length documentary.


CREDITS

Director/ Producer: Harry Freeland

Film Editor: Ollie Huddleston

Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer, Nick Fraser, Kate Townsend and Brian Hill

Associate Producers: Johanna Wise and Martin Webb

Composer: Samuel Sim