White Shadow

Thurs 6 Nov| 18:30| Ritzy Brixton

White Shadow

Dir. Noaz Deshe
Tanzania/Germany/Italy. 2013. 115min. Colour. Swahili with English subtitles.

Noaz Deshe’s phenomenal debut feature is a disturbing coming-of-age story of a young albino boy from Tanzania who is trying to navigate the world with a price on his head. After witnessing his father’s murder in his home village, Alias gets sent away by his mother to find refuge in the city. Being a fast learner, Alias quickly finds his way in the city, selling sunglasses, DVDs and mobile phones under the care of his uncle Kosmos. Gradually the city becomes no different than the bush and Alias soon realizes that wherever he may be, the same rules of survival apply. Executive produced by Ryan Gosling, White Shadow intersperses handheld realism with moments of dream-like escape, presenting a haunting and dramatic picture of a place where “albinos don’t die, they just disappear”.

Followed by a Q&A with director Noaz Deshe (TBC)