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This Malian Filmmaker is Tackling the Stigma of Albinism

Moïse Togo's film, $75,000, which debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival, speaks to the discrimination and attacks Africans with albinism face.

Moïse Togo’s short film, $75,000, takes its title from a staggering figure. According to a 2009 report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in certain African countries, a complete albino skeleton can fetch up to that amount. “I felt the need to express myself on this phenomenon,” the Malian filmmaker said during a Q&A following the international documentary short’s premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

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Nikyatu Jusu on her Sundance-winning Debut and Reimagining the Horror Genre

The Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker's feature film, Nanny, a visually arresting horror fable about an undocumented Senegalese woman who becomes a nanny to a wealthy couple on New York’s Upper East Side, emerged the big winner of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Premiering in the U.S Dramatic Competition category to somewhat mixed reviews, Nanny became the film that could Friday evening when it was announced winner of the Grand Jury Prize, making Nikyatu Jusu only the second Black woman director to win this prize and the first horror director to do so. Jusu follows in the footsteps of Nigerian-American filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu, who broke this glass ceiling in 2019, with the triumph of her Alfre Woodard-starring prison drama, Clemency.

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