In the heart of Lake Victoria, three hours from mainland Tanzania, sits Ukerewe Island; home to a large community of people who live with albinism — a congenital absence of pigmentation in the skin, eyes, and hair. While many albinos are killed at birth or rejected by their families, those who survive risk being murdered for their body parts because of a superstitious belief that they possess medicinal properties. The island's 62-strong albino community has formed a society to share their experiences and to support each other.
Told over the course of four years, before, during and after an outbreak of brutal ritual killings that sweep across the country, In The Shadow Of The Sun tells the intimate and compelling story of two very different members of the albino community. We follow Vedastus, a warm-hearted teenage boy, who cares for his terminally ill mother while struggling to find his own place in the world, and Josephat, a strong-willed advocate for people with albinism, who fights to unite his country and dreams of scaling the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro. As the killings escalate Vedastus flees the island in search of safety whilst Josephat stands and faces the killings head on.
Since the killings began in Tanzania, 62 people have been killed and no convictions have been made despite 260 arrests. Finally through increased international pressure and following the Tanzanian Albino Society elections, the Tanzanian government sentenced four men to death by hanging. This will be the first time the death penalty has been implemented in Tanzania in the last 16 years. The trials of the accused continue throughout districts across the country. As a result of Josephat's continued campaigning and the government's intervention, the future for those living with albinism across Tanzania is looking brighter.
- Harry FreelandDirector/Producer