This documentary is an examination of the lives of people born with albinism, a rare genetic condition that causes an absence of pigment in hair, skin and eyes, often resulting in a ghostly paleness.
People who have albinism did not get struck by lightning. Nor do they have magical powers, are cursed or act as messengers for divine entities.
But their distinctive ghostly features have led people to believe all of the above.
In New Zealand just 250 people have this rare but unmistakable condition. There is no way of predicting who will be born with it. It affects people from all races. There is a higher rate of albinism in the South Pacific than possibly anywhere else in the world. But it remains misunderstood, albinos treated as outsiders – at best as different, at worst as freaks.
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Producer: Jill Graham
Thanks to: Catherine Hennessy, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind and
Sally Parker, University of Auckland
Exec producer: Irene Gardiner
Network exec: Sue Woodfield
Director: Jill Graham
Online editor: Matt Sturge
Offline editor: Emma Patterson
Production manager: Lornelle Henry
Production assistant: Karen Bunting
Camera: Clint Bruce, Mark Chamberlin, Chris Terpstra
Sound: Brad George, Tim Jacobsen, Michael Kerslake
Narrator: Joel Tobeck
Music: Wayne Bell
Audio post: Rodney Larsen
Production accountant: Liz Goddard
Financial controller: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: New Zealand On Air and TV3