"In The Shadow of the Sun" Shown in NY
June 5, 2013
Source: Human Rights Watch Film Festival
I'm delighted to share that one of the films featured in our upcoming NY film festival, In the Shadow of the Sun, tells the incredibly moving story of two men with albinism in Tanzania. More details are below. Both theaters are wheelchair accessible.
We hope you can attend – and will pass on the attached flyer to colleagues and friends.
In the midst of an escalation in brutal murders of people with albinism, we meet Josephat Torner. Josephat decides to confront the communities where the killings are taking place saying, "I need to change society so it can accept me." Along the way, he visits Ukerewe Island. He finds 62 people with albinism living there, including 15-year-old Vedastus. Vedastus, whose mother was told to kill him when he was born, has been bullied out of school and rejected by his community. But Vedastus dreams of returning to get an education. Dedicating his life to campaigning against this sort of discrimination against people with albinism–segregated from society and deprived of education–Josephat becomes a mentor to Vedastus. Through his intimate portrait of Vedastus and Josephat, filmmaker Harry Freeland reveals a story of deep-rooted superstition, heartfelt suffering, and incredible strength. Official Selection International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2012
Presented in association with African Film Festival, Inc and African Services Committee.
Discussion to follow with filmmaker Harry Freeland