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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Production Details

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