Independent distributor IndiePix announced this morning its acquisition of “White Shadow,” the first feature from Israeli director Noaz Deshe and an official selection at the Sundance, Venice and Munich film festivals. Executive produced by Ryan Gosling, “White Shadow” is a surreal take on a real-life issue: the albino body part market in Tanzania.
From the official synopsis: “Witch doctors offer thousands of dollars for albino body parts which are believed to bring good fortune, prosperity and the ability to cure any illness. As a result, Tanzanian albinos, including children, have been murdered by gangs of men who hack off arms, legs or genitals. Some will pay from $500 to $5000 for an albino limb while the average annual income in Tanzania is $442. There is a saying in East Africa, ‘Albinos don’t die, they just disappear'”
“White Shadow” is the story of Alias (Hamisi Bazili), a young albino boy on the run. After witnessing his father’s murder, his mother sends him away to find refuge in the city. Gradually the city becomes no different than the bush and wherever Alias travels the same rules of survival apply
IndiePix plans to release the film theatrically in the first half of 2015 and on VOD and streaming platforms soon after.