Cast and credits
Original title / White Shadow
Director / Noaz Deshe
Screenplay / Noaz Deshe, James Masson
Cinematography / Armin Dierolf, Noaz Deshe
2nd Camera / Nassos Chatzopoulos
Editing / Noaz Deshe, Xavier Box, Robin Hill, Nico Leunen
Music / James Masson, Noaz Deshe
Sound / Elie Chansa, Niklas Kammertöns, Thomas Wallmann
Costumes / Sandra Leutert, Caren Miesenberger
Art Direction / Smith Kimaro, Deepesh Shapriya
Line Producers / Vanessa Ciszewski, Francesca Zanza
Cast / Hamisi Bazili (Alias), James Gayo (Kosmos), Glory Mbayuwayu (Antoinette), Salum Abdallah (Salum), Tito D. Ntanga (Father), Riziki Ally (Mother), James P. Salala (Adin), John S. Mwakipunda (Anulla)
Producers / Ginevra Elkann, Noaz Deshe, Francesco Melzi d’Eril
Production / Asmara Films, Shadoworks, Mocajo Film
Coproducers / Alexander Wadouh, Matthias Luthardt, Babak Jalali
Executive Producers / Ryan Gosling, Stefano Gallini-Durante
Associate Producers / Matteo Ceccarini, Eva Riccobono, Luigi De Vecchi, Depart Foundation, Andreas Hemmelsheim
Format / DCP, colour, 1:1.85
Runtime / 115 min.
Since 2008, albinos in Tanzania have become human targets. Witch doctors offer huge sums of cash for their body parts to be used in magic potions. From 2008 to 2010, more than 200 witch-doctor inspired murders occurred. As a local saying goes: “Albinos do not die, they just disappear.” This is the story of Alias, an albino boy on the run. After his father’s murder, his mother sends him to the city. His uncle Kosmos, a truck driver, takes care of him. Alias learns fast in the city, selling sunglasses, DVDs and cellphones, it will not take long before the boy experiences at first hand the difficulties of life and of being different.
Noaz Deshe is a Berlin and Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker. He composed the soundtrack of Frontier Blues (2009), debut feature by Iranian director Babak Jalali. His debut graphic novel In Case We Never Meet is awaiting publication. White Shadow is his debut feature film.