SPECTREFEST: White Shadow (L.A. premiere!)

Co-presented by Chris Holmes. Filmmaker Noaz Deshe in person!

“Not merely an ancient tradition, the underground trade of albino body parts still pervades in Tanzania, ironically a country with one of the highest percentages of albinism in the world. Used primarily by witch doctors, these parts command thousands of dollars, offering tempting revenue for the working-class. In Noaz Deshe’s White Shadow, Alias, an albino adolescent, must navigate a world in which he’s not just an outsider, but actual prey. For him, survival means a constant watchfulness and protective isolation, even as he yearns for human connection, which he clandestinely cultivates with his cousin, and his young friend (and fellow albino) Salum. The film’s fractured, uneasy world zigzags between the village and the city, from transcendent flights of fancy to scenes of desperate brutality. But despite the pervasive, harrowing amorality of this world, it’s one not entirely bereft of hope, allowing Alias to grow into an identity beyond that of a hunted outcast.” (San Francisco Int’l Film Festival)
Dir. Noaz Deshe, 2013, DCP, 117 min.

Watch the trailer for “White Shadow”!
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