In the Shadow of the Sun

by Harry Freeland

Shadow of the Sun film poster
Runtime: 85′

Seen as a curse from God, albinos are thought to bring bad luck to the households they are born into and are referred to as ‘white ghosts’ and ‘devils’ within their communities. Many are killed at birth or rejected by their families.

In Tanzania, witch doctors are spreading the belief that the body parts of albino people will bring wealth and good fortune. The superstition surrounding albinos has grown so strong that they now fear for their lives. The reality of living with the condition in Africa is still widely unknown throughout western cultures.

Filmed over six years ‘In The Shadow Of The Sun’ tells the story of two albinio men as they attempt to follow their dreams in the face of prejudice and fear in Tanzania. Against a backdrop of escalating brutal murders, quietly determined 15 year-old Vedastus still dreams of completing his education. Joseph 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. Rationality is Josephs shield: “We can’t be refugees in our own country just because of our colour.”

Director Harry Freeland reveals a story of deep-rooted superstition, suffering and incredible strength.


Followed by a Q&A with Guest Speakers:

  • Harry Freeland, Film Director
  • Paul d’Auchamp, Deputy Regional Representative for Europe – OHCHR

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