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In the Shadow of the Sun


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Thousands of africans suffer from albinism and, in the hot African sun, this lack of melanin can damage their skin and the risk of cancer is really high. In their communities, albino people suffer from prejudice, isolation and exclusion: they are called “White shadow” or “Devil”.

And as if this were not enough, they are in constant fear for their life because of the belief that the body parts of albino people will bring wealth and good fortune. In Tanzania, in the past five years, 72 albino people were murdered and many others were brutally mutilated; only five person have been convicted for these crimes.

Filmed over six years, In the Shadow of the Sun tell about albino men in Tanzania, through the lives of Josephat Torner and Vedastus Zanguleis, but it is not a “documentary” only. At first, you will be shocked and tempted to bury your head in the sand, then you will get emotionally attached with Josephat, Vedastus and every albino people.

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