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White Shadow


A film by Noaz Deshe

Sortie FRANCE le 11 mars 2015Lion of the Future in Venice 2013, competition in Sundance 2014, more than 30 festivals so far

Recently selected in Karlovy Vary and awarded in London at EastEnd

Genre(s): Drama / Horror

• Theme(s): Africa / Albinos / Child / World

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White Shadow

  • 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.

    2013: White Shadow

Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2013: Venice Film Festival (Italy) | Critic's WeekThe Luigi De Laurentiis Lion of the Future Award for Best Debut Film
  • 2014: Sundance Film Festival (USA) | World Competition
  • 2014: Geneva Black Movie Festival (Switzerland) Prix Boréal du Public
  • 2014: Göteborg International Film Festival (Sweden)
  • 2014: Vilnius International Film Festival - Kino Pavasaris (Lithuania)
  • 2014: International Film Festival Rotterdam (Curacao)
  • 2014: Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey)
  • 2014: Barcelona International Auteur Film Festival (Spain)
  • 2014: MOOOV (Belgium) | Competition
  • 2014: Nashville International Film Festival (USA) | New Directors competition
  • 2014: SFIFF San Francisco Film Society (USA) Special Jury Prize
  • 2014: Seattle International Film Festival (USA)
  • 2014: Art Film Fest (Slovakia) | Competition
  • 2014: Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania) Special Jury Mention
  • 2014: Zerkalo International Film Festival (Russia) Best Director Award
  • 2014: Munich Film Festival (Germany) | Competition
  • 2014: East End Film Festival (UK) | CompetitionBest feature
  • 2014: Galway Film Fleadh (Ireland) | Competition
  • 2014: Era New Horizons Wroclaw International Film Festival (Poland) | CompetitionBEST FILM, AUDIENCE AWARD
  • 2014: Jerusalem Film Festival (Israel) | Competition
  • 2014: Zanzibar Film Festival (Tanzania)
  • 2014: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic) | Variety Critics' Choice
  • 2014: Durban International Film Festival (South Africa) | CompetitionBest International Director
  • 2014: Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival (Hungary)
  • 2014: Helsinki International Film Festival Love and Anarchy (Finland)
  • 2014: Etrange Film Festival (France) | International competition
  • 2014: Calgary International Film Festival (Canada) | World Cinema
  • 2014: Spectrefest (USA)
  • 2014: Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada) | International competition
  • 2014: Mostra Internacional de Cinema Sao Paulo (Brazil)


  • United States: INDIEPIX
  • Hungary: MOZINET
  • Lithuania: KINO PASAKA
  • United Kingdom: AYA DISTRIBUTION
  • Germany: TEMPERCLAY
  • Poland: NEW HORIZONS
  • Netherlands: Amstel
  • Romania: Clorofilm
  • White Shadow is a transporting work of truly visceral film making.
    Ryan Gosling, Executive Producer
  • Imagine an anti-"Beasts of the Southern Wild" designed not to inspire wonder, but stomach-churning dread.
    INDIEWIRE Read more
  • Noaz Deshe makes a staggering debut with this drama about the African albino muti trade
    Variety - Guy Lodge Read more


Alias, un jeune albinos tanzanien, se refugie chez son oncle, Kosmos, chauffeur de camion, apres avoir ete temoin du meurtre barbare de son pere. Alias apprend vite les lois de la ville. Il vend des lunettes de soleil, des dvd et des portables. Il est proche d'Antoinette, la fille de Kosmos, au grand dam de celui-ci. Il va aussi vite etre remarque pour la couleur de sa peau.

<< Les albinos ne meurent pas, ils disparaissent. >>

En pleine modernisation, certains pays africains, essentiellement de l'est (La Tanzanie, le Congo, le Kenya et le Burundi) croulent pourtant toujours sous le poids de superstitions d'un autre temps. En se documentant sur la Tanzanie, Noaz Deshe decouvre des croyances tribales devoyees, sur fond de peurs ancestrales et de magie noire, a l'origine de trafics d'organes. Entre 2008 et 2010, on denombre dans cet etat 200 assassinats et des centaines de disparus.

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.

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 115'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Ratio: 1,85:1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital / 5.1
  • Country(ies) of production: Tanzania / Germany / Italy
  • Original Language(s): Kiswahili
  • Subtitle(s) available: English
  • Format(s) available: Bluray / DCP

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Hamisi Bazili, James Gayo, Glory Mbayuwayu, Salum Abdallah, Tito D. Ntanga, Riziki Ally, James P. Salala, John S. Mwakipunda
  • Producer: Ginevra Elkann, Noaz Deshe, Francesco Melzi d’Eril
  • Executive Producer: Ryan Gosling, Stefano Gallini-Durante
  • Screenplay: Noaz Deshe, James Masson
  • Cinematographer: Armin Dierolf, Noaz Deshe
  • Editor: Noaz Deshe, Xavier Box, Robin Hill, Nico Leunen
  • Music: James Masson, Noaz Deshe
  • Sound: Elie Chansa, Niklas Kammertöns, Thomas Wallmann
  • Costume Design: Sandra Leutert, Caren Miesenberger
  • Line Producer: Vanessa Ciszewski, Francesca Zanza

Company Credits

  • Produced by: Asmara Films, Shadoworks, Mocajo Film
  • Coproduced by: Chromosom Filmproduktion, French Exit, Phantasma Films, Real2Reel
  • With the support of: Nipkow Programme, Goethe-Institut Tanzania, Alliance française Dar es Salaam