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Noaz Deshe makes a staggering debut with this drama about the African albino muti trade.
This harrowing account of a young albino's fight for survival in Tanzania is too long but nonetheless often gripping.
A movie that's worth watching only if you're a hardcore cinema fan with a taste for unconventional films. [full review in Spanish]
This is not a movie for those who want to go to the theater to relax and eat popcorn. [full review in Spanish]
White Shadow is a movie you shouldn't miss because of its strong message. [full review in Spanish]
Deshe Noaz's debut portrays, starkly and unceremoniously, the fate of albino people in Tanzania. [full review in Spanish]
At the heart of all this artistry lies a touching story of friendship, new love, and recurrent loss, anchored by a bravura performance by lead Bazili, a non-professional actor of immense promise.
This is a confrontational but disjointed work, challenging in theme and languid in pace.
White Shadow does not shy away either from graphic violence or from complexity. Alias's story is told with honesty and with nuance. There is hope, humanity and beauty here as well as fear and brutality. The result is powerful and moving.
Interestingly, parts of the movie do not show when a person is talking, instead using a voice over on the scene. While ambitious, it feels too whimsical for a gritty and emotional tale like White Shadow.
We have to admit, it first took a lot of our patience, and then all of our nerve, to make it through to the end, but that simply makes it a film that is exactly as upsetting as its subject matter warrants.
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