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Films 2013

White Shadow

by Noaz Deshe / Italy, Germany, Tanzania 2013 / 115' / in competition

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

Coproduction / Chromosom Filmproduktion, French Exit, Phantasma Films, Real2Reel, with the support of Nipkow Programme, Goethe-Institut Tanzania, Alliance française Dar es Salaam

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.

Press attaché / Alessandro Russo (alerusso@alerusso.it), Valerio Roselli (valerio@alerusso.it), Giulia Piazza (lagiuliapiazza@gmail.com)


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

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.