Lazarus wins award at Tribeca festival


A short documentary about Lazarus Chigwandali, a Malawian street musician with albinism has won the Disruptive Innovation Award for his fight to end killings of people with albinism at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, America where was being premiered.

The 26-minute documentary was produced by David Dard and executive produced by pop star Madonna and the latest premiere was last Saturday at Village East Cinema 2.

Previously, Lazarus was premiered at Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-11 on April 27 before the Village East Cinema 2 on May 3.

On May 1, they premiered the documentary at Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-10.

The documentary focuses on the life of Chigwandali as a musician with albinism.

Chigwandali told AP News that he was once kidnapped in Malawi for his body parts to be used for rituals.

He was invited to America to witness the movie premier and the publication reports that theatre is a kickstarter campaign to raise money to build a house for him and his family designed so that no one can break in to ensure that his family is safe.

Darg said it is important to help Chigwandali in his dream by creating a larger platform to unify the world and tell the story about people with albinism.

“The thing that’s so shocking to me is that so few people know this is going on. I talk to people that are very cultured and they’re news junkies and they don’t realise that there is this crisis facing people with albinism,” Darg told AP News.

The Tribeca Film Festival is a prominent festival held in Tribeca neighbourhood in Manhattan, USA involving independent filmmakers to release their work to broad audience.