DVD, Digital Release: White Shadow

Digital Release Date: Sept. 29, 2015, DVD Release Date: Sept. 29, 2015
Price: DVD $14.95 at Amazon
Studio: IndiePix

The 2013 drama White Shadow—a Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee that’s been described as one part drama, one part surreal cinema verité —marks the filmmaking debut of Israeli artist-turned-filmmaker Noaz Deshe.

Hamisi Bazili in White Shadow

Hamisi Bazili in White Shadow

A little background first: witch doctors in Tanzania offer thousands of dollars for albino body parts, believed to bring good fortune, prosperity and the ability to cure any illness.  As a result, albinos, including children, have been murdered by gangs of men who hack off arms, legs or genitals.

In this world, we are introduced to Alias (newcomer Hamisi Bazili), a young albino boy. After witnessing his father’s murder, Alias’ mother sends him away to find refuge in the city and he is brought to the care of his uncle, Kosmos, a truck driver struggling with a few small businesses.  In the city, Alias is a quick learner, selling sunglasses, DVDs and mobile phones.  He is fond of his uncle’s daughter, Antoinette, although his uncle disapproves.  Unfortunately for Alias, however, the city becomes no different than the bush and wherever he travels the same chilling rules of survival apply.

Presented in Swahili with English subtitles, Whtige Shadow was an official selection at more than three dozen international festivals, including the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut.


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