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Giving albinos a voice

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TANZANIA has become almost synonymous with albinism and witchcraft in past years, and the international community has long expressed disappointment at the killings of people in and around Tanzania who have albinism.

So, with this in mind, UK film-maker Harry Freeland spent the past seven years of his life documenting the stories of albino communities in Tanzania and the struggles they face on a daily basis, from discrimination, to hate and even being killed because of their appearance.

Freeland recently screened this 85-minute film at the Islands in the World Oceania International Film Festival at USP.

The film follows the lives of two albino men, one a student fighting for education and the other a fierce albino rights activist fighting for the rights of albinos in the face of discriminatory murders.

"We see so many negative films coming out of the continent and it was very important to me, although I knew that this would be a sad journey and ultimately a sad story," said Freeland.

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