Segments in this Video

Starting a New Life (03:49)


Adam Robert leaves his village for the first time; he hopes to see his brother Salum in his new home. He still worries about being attacked at night.

Albinism in Tanzania (02:36)

Alfred Kapole describes how Tanzanians treat albinos. People who lived on Ukerewe used to starve albino children and throw them off the island.

Miriamu Staford (05:00)

Staford's parents treated her like her black siblings, but she left school at the age of 12 because of her poor eyesight. Peter Ash recalls how children ridiculed him because of the color of his skin. Adam waits in his new home.

Northern Tanzania, 2011 (03:57)

As a child, Adam played soccer and drew. Kapole describes how people spit on the street when they pass an albino. Husbands reject their wives if they give birth to a child with oculocutaneous.

Childhood Mistreatment (02:09)

Adam's mother left him. Salum describes how neighbors would feed the brothers. His stepmother refused to provide food.

Body Part Trade (07:35)

It is too dangerous for Staford to search for firewood alone. Staford and Adam lost limbs due to machete attacks.

Physical Recovery (04:18)

Adam heals in a hospital; a member of Parliament visits. His father and stepmother set up the attack to trade his body parts. Ash states that Tanzanians believe albinos are cursed.

Police Investigation (03:37)

Salum worries about his brother's health. More albino related deaths occur. Adika Ferdinand runs a school in Northern Tanzania that welcomes albino children.

BBC Journalist Investigates (02:46)

Vicky Ntetema started investigating albino attacks. Police refused to accompany her to the witch doctors. Practitioners claim that they do not kill albinos, but will purchase the bones.

Peter Ash Gets Involved (05:26)

Ash reads Ntetema's story and decides to help Adam. Staford is glad her son was born with dark skin. The majority of Tanzanians believe in witchcraft.

Arriving in Canada (03:26)

Adam arrives in Vancouver to receive surgery on his hand. Ash cannot find him or his escort. Dr. Patrick Belugu describes how Adam lives in fear since the attack.

Vancouver General Hospital (02:54)

Adam meets with doctors to discuss his upcoming surgery. Because he requires a second tissue transfer, the procedure is riskier than anticipated. Ash worries; he thought Adam should receive a thumb implant.

Continued Attacks in Tanzania (04:16)

Salum recalls a stranger approaching Adam while they were washing clothes. The Tanzanian government lifted a ban on witch doctors a month before elections. The Prime minister toured Northwestern Tanzania condemning the attacks.

Jelly's School (02:57)

Adika Ferdinand believes educating the public will end the brutality against ablinos. Salum worries about his brother. Ash spends time with Adam in the hospital prior to surgery.

Seeking Justice (03:39)

Staford's attackers were found innocent at trial. Adams' father was released and declared innocent. Ash worries about Adam's upcoming surgery and signed papers as his legal guardian.

Toe Transplant (04:44)

Ash watches as Dr. Mark Hill removes Adam's toe and attaches it to his hand.

Successful Surgery (05:03)

Ash and Adam return to Tanzania and celebrate Christmas with Salum at Jelly's school.

Ignorance, the Worst Disease (03:55)

Jelly's School integrates children with albinism. Adam wants to live in peace. Ash incorporates "Under the Same Sun" to fight against discrimination.

Combating Attacks Against Albinism (04:51)

The United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution condemning albino attacks. Tanzania announces the first conviction. Adam can write properly and wants to become a portrait artist.

Credits: Boy from Geita (02:34)

Credits: Boy from Geita

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“Zero zero”—translated literally as “nothing”—is what a boy like Adam is called in Tanzania because of his albino complexion. Adam’s pale skin makes him vulnerable not only to the sun’s rays, but to the most violent and hateful crimes imaginable. This large scale problem is made worse by local witch doctors that propagate the belief that the body parts of albino children bring good fortune. “Brutally powerful”—New York Times. "A deeply moving tale"—The Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Documentary—Lifetree Film Festival. Official Selection—HotDocs International Film Festival. Nomiated, Impact Award—Vancouver International Film Festival.

Length: 80 minutes

Item#: BVL145586

ISBN: 978-1-64347-011-5

Copyright date: ©2014

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“Brutally powerful…”—The New York Times

“A deeply moving tale…”—The Hollywood Reporter

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