Adam is known as the ghost of his Tanzanian village. Born with albinism, a genetic condition that affects skin pigment, Adam’s white complexion sets him apart from other children and has made him the target of unimaginable violence. At 12, he survived a vicious machete attack that severed his thumb and fingers and all but extinguished his dream of becoming a writer. The attack was instigated by local witch doctors who preach that potions made from the limbs of those with albinism bring great fortune. Worlds away, Canadian Peter Ash (who also has albinism), hears of Adam’s story and is moved to action. Ash travels to Africa, determined to help the young boy by arranging for Adam to undergo reconstructive surgery in Canada. In a journey that spans cultures and continents, Adam and Peter unite to raise awareness for their shared condition, in this touching story of humanity born from misunderstanding
The Boy From Geita premiered at the Hot Docs Film Festival in April 2014 and premiered on Super Channel in 2015. In addition to editing the film, Austin also filmed stories in Tanzania and Canada.
DIRECTED BY // Vic Sarin
PRODUCED BY // Tina Pehme, Kim Roberts
EDITED BY // Austin Andrews
PROJECT PARTNERS // Super Channel