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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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