In Tanzania, witch doctors are spreading a belief that the body parts of albino people will bring wealth and good fortune. Referred to as ‘White Ghosts’ and ‘Devils’ within their communities, the superstition surrounding them has grown so strong that albinos now fear for their lives.
IDFA: Reflecting Images - Audience Award Runner-Up 2012
Cleveland International Film Festival - Winner of the Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up "To" Competition 2013
DocPoint, Helsinki - 2013
London Human Rights Watch Film Festival - 2013
Cleveland International Film Festival 2013
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 in Tanzania. 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. If they want to achieve their aims, Josephat and Vedastus will have to overcome not only other people's prejudice, but also their own fears - because the murderers could always be waiting just around the next corner. Rationality is Josephat's shield: "We can't be refugees in our own country just because of our color."
Through an intimate portrait of Vedastus and Josephat, director Harry Freeland reveals a story of deep-rooted superstition, suffering and incredible strength.
Harry Freeland is a director, producer, and cinematographer. His passion is for human-interest, observational, issue-based stories, and his love of Africa in particular has led him to work in 16 African countries. Harry has worked on films for the BBC, ITV, Sky Community Channel, and Teacher's TV. He has directed a number of short-form documentaries for International NGOs. His 2005 short film Waiting For Change about Sierra Leone, was selected for the Sheffield International Documentary Festival. It was screened by the BBC, and broadcast in five West African countries. This is his first feature-length documentary.
Director/ Producer: Harry Freeland
Film Editor: Ollie Huddleston
Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer, Nick Fraser, Kate Townsend and Brian Hill
Associate Producers: Johanna Wise and Martin Webb
Composer: Samuel Sim