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In the Shadow of the Sun

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In Tanzania, witch doctors are spreading a belief that the body parts of albino people will bring wealth and good fortune. 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. 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.


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Running Time: 84 min.
Subject(s): Activism, Anthropology, Conflicts, Crime, Disability, Ethnography, Health, Human Rights see all »
Language(s): English, Swahili
Subtitles: English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Harry Freeland
Cinematographer: Harry Freeland
Editor(s): Ollie Huddleston
Production Company: Dogwoof Ltd with BBC Storyville and ITVS International

Press

  • Conventional in form but rock-solid in terms of content, In the Shadow of the Sun is a fine example of how documentaries can cast international light on local heroes, those rare and inspirational figures of which civil-rights legends are haphazardly made.
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Neil Young
  • In the Shadow of the Sun is heartrending and emotionally devastating; the stories depicted in this highly engaging and effective documentary will shock, alarm you and bring you to tears. Highly recommended
    Viewlondon
  • Go watch the movie, then ponder the message
    The New York Times
  • Simply, unforgettable
    Indiewire
    Sean Farnell

Festival & Awards

  • One World Media Award - 2013
    Best Documentary Award
  • Cleveland International Film Festival - 2013
    Greg Gund Standing Up To Award
  • International Documentary Festival Amsterdam - 2012
    RUNNER UP Audience Award
  • Hot Docs - 2013
    Top 15 Audience Award
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival London - 2013
  • Doc Aviv International Film Festival - 2013
  • Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival - 2013
  • Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Festival - 2013
  • Bermuda International Film Festival Closing Night - 2013
  • Planete Doc+ Film Festival Warsaw - 2013
  • Human Rights and Arts Film Festival - 2013
  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival - 2013
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York - 2013
  • TRT Documentary Awards Turkey - 2013
  • The Frontline Club London Screening - 2013
  • Human Rights Watch Amsterdam - 2013
  • Dokufest, Kosovo - 2013

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