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Sunday 10 January 2021

Brighton-Born Director Unearths Short-Film White Gold To Document The Persecution Of People With Albinism

When Brighton-born filmmaker Luke Bradford travelled to Tanzania to make a documentary which featured members of a community living with albinism, he met Florence.

Florence had both her arms hacked off because of the belief that the body parts of people with albinism have special powers - yet still managed to find joy in life. 

This encounter inspired the development of White Gold. 

Mansa (Refilwe Modiselle), an African woman with albinism has had her arm hacked off by Natron the witch doctor in the name of witchcraft. 

Robbed of her security, career and dignity, Mansa now hunts Natron in a bid to confront him and seek her revenge.

"I was kicked in the soul when I interviewed a girl in Tanzania with albinism who had lost both her arms to a witch doctor." 


The persecution of people with albinism still persists in the 21st Century. 

The superstition is widely prevalent in Africa, particularly in East Africa. 

People with albinism have been persecuted, killed, and dismembered and even had their graves desecrated. 

The NGO Under the Same Sun has recorded more than 520 such attacks since 2006. 

Criminals can gain up to seventy-five thousand dollars for the sale of a whole body according to the U.N. 

Few attackers and witchdoctors have been brought to trial, let alone convicted. Not one buyer in this macabre trade has ever been prosecuted.

 Writer/Director Luke Bradford has filmed in over thirty countries and witnessed some extremes in life. 

These experiences and a passion for social awareness have shaped Luke's storytelling. 

by: Mike Cobley




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