"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


US Premiere:
June 15, 9:15pm | IFC Center
June 16, 6:00pm | Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center  

+View the full festival lineup on FF.HRW.ORG

Presented in association with African Film Festival, Inc and African Services Committee.

Filmed over six years, In the Shadow of the Sun tells the story of Vedastus and Josephat, two men with albinism in Tanzania pursuing their dreams in the face of virulent prejudice. Through his intimate portrait of Vedastus and Josephat, filmmaker Harry Freeland reveals a story of deep-rooted superstition, heartfelt suffering, and incredible strength.Find out more

Discussion to follow with filmmaker Harry Freeland

IFC Center: Saturday June 15, 9:15pm | Invite friends
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center: Sunday June 16, 6:00pm | Invite friends