Preview Screening: In the Shadow of the Sun + Q&A
Followed by a Q&A with director Harry Freeland
Over 130 people with albinism have been brutally murdered or left mutilated in Tanzania since 2008, fuelled by a belief that albino body parts used in witchcraft will bring about prosperity and good fortune. While many people with albinism are killed at birth or rejected by their families, those who grow up risk being murdered every day of their life.
In the Shadow Of the Sun tells the story of two members of the Tanzanian Albino Society who follow their dreams in the face of prejudice and fear. Against the backdrop of an escalation in brutal murders, 15-year old Vedastus dreams of completing his education while no school can guarantee his safety. Josephat Torner has dedicated his life to campaigning against the discrimination. He stands and faces the killings head on, travelling through the country confronting communities who may be hiding the murderers.
Through an intimate portrait of Vedastus and Josephat Torner director Harry Freeland reveals a story of deep-rooted superstition, suffering and incredible strength.
Directed by Harry Freeland