Imagine if doctors started spreading rumours that your hair, your blood or your body parts would bring them mystical power and wealth, simply due to the colour of your skin. Sound like a horror film? Well in Tanzania, some witch doctors are perpetuating this very myth about albinos which has resulted in people killing or mutilating over a hundred albinos in the past 6 years.
For Josephat Torner, an albino from Tanzania, the only choice is to take action: “If societies think of me as sub-human today then I need to look for a solution to change society so it will accept me”. And so starts a dangerous trek for Josephat across the country to confront the very people who fear, persecute and maim albinos and convince them that his is no different to them and that albinos are human beings. Lucky for us, Harry Freeland captures Josephat’s inspiring journey of courage, resolve and hope in his documentary In the Shadow of the Sunwhich is screening at the closing night of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival in Melbourne.
Right Now Radio presenter, Evelyn Tadros, has the honour of speaking to Harry and Josephat while they are on tour in Australia about why these myths are being perpetuated, the challenges albinos face in Africa and how they plan to use this film to save lives.