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Sundance Review: Noaz Deshe's Disturbing, Distressing Venice Winner 'White Shadow'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 18, 2014 10:03 AM
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At what point does the deep discomfort of watching a film, one which casts needed light on a profoundly repulsive practice, become so challenging that it risks alienating the audience it seeks to engage? “White Shadow,” the first feature from Berlin-based Israeli filmmaker Noaz Deshe, which plays Sundance this weekend having already picked up the Best Debut award in Venice, mired us deep in this quandary, being a story, bruisingly told, set in the horrifying world of “albino hunting” in Tanzania, where local superstitions have led to a lucrative trade in albino body parts believed by witch doctors to have mystical properties.

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