In the Shadow of the Sun

    • Harry Freeland
    • England
    • 2012
    • 85 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance
    In Tanzania, witch doctors still propagate the belief that the body parts of albino people will bring wealth and good fortune. This superstition is so strong that albinos fear for their lives. Against the background of a series of brutal murders of albinos, two albino men try to pursue their dream. Josephat has spent most of his life campaigning against anti-albino discrimination, traveling from one community to another to confront them with their deeds. The education he received has helped him through difficult times, he explains, and now he's trying to teach other people. Fifteen-year-old Vedastus would like nothing better than to learn. He's smart and creative, but his poor eyesight is an obstacle to academic success. Now he is desperately hoping for a new chance at a special school. 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 murderer 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."


    • 85 min
    • color
    • video
    • Spoken languages: Swahili
    • Subtitles in: English
    Harry Freeland
    Harry Freeland for Inroad Films
    Executive producer
    Brian Hill for Century Films
    Harry Freeland, Martin Webb
    Oliver Huddleston

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    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for First Appearance

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