KFCB to make, support films on albinism

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KFCB CEO Dr. Ezekiel Mutua (right) and nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura (left)
KFCB CEO Dr. Ezekiel Mutua (right) and nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura (left)

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has pledged to support the Albinism Society of Kenya (ASK) by helping make movies and films that highlight the challenges they face, to educate people and do away with retrogressive practices that target albinos. Addressing the press in Nairobi KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua said they’ll make films detailing the challenges albinos face, ahead of the Mr. and Miss Albinism East Africa beauty pageant 2018 which is set to be held at the KICC on Friday. “Through the films, policies can be discussed in a way understandable and can help us to be well acquainted with the retrogressive traditions that albinos face, given that others say albinos have the capacity to treat certain illnesses and this has led to many of them being killed,” said the KFCB CEO.

He said they’ve further agreed to give five talented members from the Albinism Society of Kenya each year a chance to go to film school and nurture their talent. He said the movies and films they’ll produce concerning albinism will get the chance to be presented at international galas and film festivals, “We were able to help the film ‘Reject;Too black to be white and too white to be black’ go to the ZIFF film festival and also it was enrolled in Berlin,” he said.

On his part, nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura said through the regional beauty pageant, they hope other nations will be able to shun discrimination against albinos, given that Kenya isn’t caught in the retrogressive acts as other countries are. He said when auditions were being done in Uganda, people were perplexed about the ongoings simply because of the colour of the skin.