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Desert Riders

Camel racing is a popular sport in the Middle East. In past years, thousands of young boys have been trafficked from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritania and other countries to work as jockeys in the UAE under excruciating conditions. Over the last 10 years, some governments have tried to put an end to the use of child jockeys. Desert Riders will examine the situation before and since these government policies were enacted, as well as the difficult journey to retrieve and recuperate these children

The Boy from Geita

Adam is known as the ghost of his Tanzanian village. Born with albinism, a genetic condition that affects skin pigment, Adam’s white complexion sets him apart from other children and has made him the target of unimaginable violence. At 12, he survived a vicious machete attack that severed his thumb and fingers and all but extinguished his dream of becoming a writer. The attack was instigated by local witch doctors who preach that potions made from the limbs of those with albinism bring great fortune. Worlds away, Canadian Peter Ash (who also has albinism), hears of Adam’s story and is moved to action. Ash travels to Africa, determined to help the young boy by arranging for Adam to undergo reconstructive surgery in Canada. [Synopsis courtesy of Hot Docs]