LOCAL filmmaker Steve Chikosi last week premiered White Yet Black, a film that he directed, in the Malawian cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre.
Written in English and produced by Tsitsi Madhodha, the film is educational and informative as it raises awareness and showcases the challenges faced by people living with albinism across southern Africa.
The film also dispels some of the myths and misconceptions around albinism.
In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Chikosi noted that the film had been well received, and plans were afoot to add translations into local languages.
“Generally, there has been good feedback from the audience who watched our film. The two screenings in Lilongwe and Blantyre brought into light the need to translate the film into various African languages to reach out to a wider audience,” Chikosi noted.
“Most comments were in relation to translating and also the need to distribute the film widely especially to rural areas and schools.”
From the two screenings, Chikosi felt there was room to grow the film industry as a major source of employment and entertainment.
Chikosi said that Malawi Congress Party politician, Overstone Kondowe, who is that country’s first member of Parliament with albinism and presidential adviser on persons with disabilities, was part of the audience at the screening in Lilongwe.
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Also, in attendance was Bonface Ophiya Massah, the commissioner for Malawi Human Rights Council and former director of the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi and Charles Mairos, an RnB singer.
He said the Blantyre screening was attended by the likes of Justice Nyakaunda Kamanga, a High Court judge in Malawi.
The ombudsman Grace Tikambenji Malera from the office of the Ombudsman Malawi, a lawyer and human rights expert as well as Charles Shemu Joyah, a film producer and director from Malawi’s Times Media were part of the audience.
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