Earlier this week, we organised a fundraising film screening of “In The Shadow of the Sun” to support Wimbledon College of Arts (WCA) student Jacqui Ennis Cole who’s art work is themed around awareness of people with albinism. Jacqui will be volunteering in Tanzania with Standing Voice to provide participatory workshops for women with albinism and mothers of children with albinism.
Rich from Standing Voice joined us at the event to tell us a bit more about the charity based in UK and Tanzania which is helping to end human rights violations.
Jacqui has raised a total of approximately £400 which will go directly to Standing Voice and will be directed to the Mother’s support Group with whom the art residency will be held in 2016! Massive THANK YOU to everyone who donated!
CLICK HERE to download the supporting literature of Jacqui Ennis Cole’s project. You can find Jacqui’s art works currently exhibiting at Diversity Matters Exhibit, UAL High Holborn (Blue Print Gallery Space) until 10th June.
About “In The Shadow of the Sun”
Filmed, directed and produced by Harry Freeland – founder of Standing Voice.
In Tanzania, ‘witch doctors’ are spreading a belief that the body parts of albino people will bring wealth and good fortune. Referred to as ‘White Ghosts’ and ‘Devils’ within their communities, the superstition surrounding them has grown so strong that albinos now fear for their lives.
Filmed over six years ’In The Shadow Of The Sun’ tells the story of two albino men as they attempt to follow their dreams in the face of prejudice and fear in Tanzania. Against the backdrop of an escalation in brutal murders of people with albinism, quietly determined 15-year-old Vedastus still dreams of completing his education. Josephat Torner has dedicated his life to campaigning against the discrimination of his people and decides to leave home and travel to confront the communities who may be hiding the murderers. If they want to achieve their aims, Josephat and Vedastus will have to overcome not only other people’s prejudice, but also their own fears – because the murderers could always be waiting just around the next corner. Rationality is Josephat’s shield: “We can’t be refugees in our own country just because of our color.”
Through an intimate portrait of Vedastus and Josephat, director Harry Freeland reveals a story of deep-rooted superstition, suffering and incredible strength.
‘In the Shadow of the Sun’ premiered at the International Documentary festival Amsterdam on 16th November 2012.
Standing Voice promotes the social inclusion and wellbeing of people with albinism in Tanzania. Find out more, and request to buy a copy of “In The Shadow of the Sun” at www.standingvoice.org.
Special thanks to Wimbledon College of Arts for funding this event!