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MIPTV Picks: Albino United

In Tanzania, and increasingly in neighboring countries such as Kenya, Uganda and Burundi, being an albino can make you a marked person. Over 40 albinos were murdered in Tanzania over the past year; in some cases, their body parts are used by witch doctors in potions and remedies.
March 31, 2010


In Tanzania, and increasingly in neighboring countries such as Kenya, Uganda and Burundi, being an albino can make you a marked person. Over 40 albinos were murdered in Tanzania over the past year; in some cases, their body parts are used by witch doctors in potions and remedies. Against this backdrop, a Tanzanian businessman named Oscar Haule has devised a way to show his country that albinos are indeed human beings – by forming a soccer team comprised of more than 20 albino males. This film, produced by award-winning doc-maker Nick Broomfield and directed by frequent collaborator and protégé Marc Hoeferlin, follows the team in its first league season and shines a light on the shadowy practices that still endanger albinos.

Produced by: Nick Broomfield for National Geographic Television; A National Geographic Channel & More 4 coproduction

Length: 1 x 52 minutes

Currently in post-production

Rights available: Worldwide excluding U.S. & UK

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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