Synopsis

Set on a business trip to Tanzania, a restless Afro-American financier, WALTER, is confronted with the horror of the lives of Albinos, persecuted and murdered by sorcery networks. His path will cross that of BADU, a 10 years old child, hunted like an animal because of the color of his skin. Called to choose between indifference and action, he’ll see his routine trip soon turn into a terrifying nightmare.

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ZERU is a dark and suspenseful thriller, a merciless hunt that reveals the full horror of a situation rarely tackled by the media.

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Context

In Swahili, ZERU means “ghost-like”. This story is based on the monstrous situation that persons with albinism face everyday in many African countries, mostly in Tanzania and the countries surrounding Lake Victoria. Perceived as merely human by the majority, albinos end up exposed to the worst treatments. Hunted down, they suffer fear, mutilations, and very often death.

Their body parts are sold at high prices through secretive and complex sorcery networks. The clients of that horrifying trade are convinced that owning fragments of albino bodies will bring them prosperity and good fortune. The fate of the Albino in this part of the world is an insult to the entire mankind.