White shadow a film by Noaz Deshe


Noaz Deshe is a Berlin and Los Angeles-based artist/filmmaker.
He composed the soundtrack for Iranian director Babak Jalali’s debut feature film “Frontier Blues”.
His graphic novel “In Case We Never Meet Again” is awaiting publication. WHITE SHADOW is his feature film debut.


Hamisi Bazili ALIAS
James Gayo KOSMOS
Glory Mbayuwayu ANTOINETTE
Salum Abdallah SALUM
Tito D. Ntanga FATHER
Riziki Ally MOTHER
James P. Salala ADIN
John S. Mwakipunda ANULLA

Since 2007 it has become known that Albinos in Tanzania, Congo and Kenya have become a commodity – human targets of a lucrative and sinister trade.

Witch doctors offer thousands of dollars for albino body parts which are believed to bring good fortune, prosperity and the ability to cure any illness. As a result, Tanzanian albinos, including children, have been murdered by gangs of men who hack off arms, legs or genitals. Some will pay from $500 to $5000 for an albino limb while the average annual income in Tanzania is $442. There is a saying in East Africa, “Albinos don’t die, they just disappear”. Seventy-three such documented killings have occurred in the past two years as well as hundreds of unreported attacks since 2007.

WHITE SHADOW is the story of Alias, a young albino boy on the run. After witnessing his father’s murder, his mother sends him away to find refuge in the city. He’s brought to the care of his uncle, Kosmos, a truck driver struggling with a few small businesses. In the city, Alias is a quick learner, selling sunglasses, DVDs and mobile phones. He is fond of his uncle’s daughter, Antoinette, although his uncle disapproves. Gradually the city becomes no different than the bush and wherever Alias travels the same rules of survival apply.

“While preparing to teach in Dar Es Salaam, I learned about the hunting of Albinos in East Africa. I decided a film must be made: a real chronicle of a young person with a price on his head. A person who has to urgently become aware of his own condition against events that can end his life. In a certain circumstance, you can witness what it feels to be a beast. to react, to be alert to your utmost ability. You must accept the solitude of your dreams as your friend and as a form of survival. The details of the plot should be only what the character is able to understand and piece together, the politics and cultural information should be delivered in a sensory form. To make the film work we needed to be small, local and quick-moving, making sure everyone was safe and brave.”
Noaz Deshe


a Asmara Films, Shadoworks and Mocajo Film production
in coproduction with Chromosom Filmproduktion, French Exit, Phantasma Films, Real2Reel
with the support of Nipkow Programme, Goethe-Institut Tanzania, Alliance Française Dar es Salaam

Directed by Noaz Deshe

Producers Ginevra Elkann, Noaz Deshe, Francesco Melzi d’Eril
Co-producers Alexander Wadouh, Matthias Luthardt, Babak Jalali
Executive Producers Ryan Gosling, Stefano Gallini-Durante
Associate Producers Matteo Ceccarini, Eva Riccobono, Luigi De Vecchi, Depart Foundation,
  Andreas Hommelsheim

Written by Noaz Deshe and James Masson

Directors of Photography Armin Dierolf, Noaz Deshe
2nd camera Nassos Chatzopoulos
Editors Noaz Deshe, Xavier Box, Robin Hill, Nico Leunen
Music by James Masson, Noaz Deshe
Production Design Smith Kimaro, Deepesh Shapriya
Costumes Sandra Leutert, Caren Miesenberger
Make-up Sandra Leutert
Sound Recording Elie Chansa
Sound Design Niklas Kammertöns
Supervising Sound Editing Thomas Wallmann
Re-recording Mixer Lars Ginzel
VFX Supervisor Rudolf Germann
Line Producers Vanessa Ciszewski, Francesca Zanza
Production Manager Katja Lebedjewa
Production Coordinators Malek Malekela, Nassos Chatzopoulos
Assistant Directors Ilan Cohen, Smith Kimaro, Nassos Chatzopoulos
Location Manager Hashim Y. Rubanza
Casting Hashim Y. Rubanza, Matthias Luthardt
Translators Elie Chansa, Aika Kirei, Smith Kimaro



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Asmara Films s.r.l. is an independent production company founded in 2010 by Ginevra Elkann.
Our main goal is to support the projects of young filmmakers around the globe. Our objective is to work hand in hand with authors, connecting cinema, art and all others domains of contemporary culture.
FRENCH EXITFrench Exit is an independent film label created by German filmmaker Matthias Luthardt (“pingpong”). Its objective: bringing together, supporting and promoting filmmakers and their work on an international level. WHITE SHADOW is the first feature film co-produced by French Exit.


Chromosom Filmproduktion was founded in 2006 by the producer Alexander Wadouh and is based in Berlin. The aim is to develop and to produce national and international cinema features and documentaries with a political position and zeitgeist. The goal is to create a value that goes beyond the story and touches the audience on a deeper level. Giving a story or project the time it needs to carve out its potential is a feature we keep up high. Quality, not quantity.