GenreDrama ScreenplayNoaz Deshe, James Masson CountryItalyGermanyTanzania
Release dateSeptember 2, 2013 (2013-09-02) (Venice Film Festival) WriterNoaz Deshe, James Masson CastHamisi Bazili, James Gayo, Glory Mbaywayu, Salum Abdallah, James P. Salala, Smith Kimaro Similar moviesPowder (1995)
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White Shadow is a German–Italian–Tanzanian 2013 drama film written, produced and directed by Noaz Deshe. The film premiered in Critics’ Week selection at the 70th Venice International Film Festival on September 2, 2013. It won the Lion of the future award at the festival.
Alias, a young Albino, is on the run from the local doctors, who are hunting Albinos to use their body parts for potions.
Hamisi Bazili as Alias
James Gayo as Kosmos
Glory Mbayuwayu as Antoinette
Salum Abdallah as Salum
Riziki Ally as Mother
John S. Mwakipunda as Anulla
Tito D. Ntanga as Father
James P. Salala as Adin
White Shadow received mostly positive reviews from critics. Guy Lodge of Variety, said in his review that "Noaz Deshe makes a staggering debut with this drama about the African albino multi trade." Boyd van Hoeij in his review for The Hollywood Reporter said that "This harrowing account of a young albino's fight for survival in Tanzania is too long but nonetheless often gripping." Jessica Kiang of Indiewire grade the film B+ and praised the film by saying that "We have to admit, it first took a lot of our patience, and then all of our nerve, to make it through to the end, but that simply makes it a film that is exactly as upsetting as its subject matter warrants."