What is unique about Lazarus' documentary


Lazarus Chigwandali brings the real-life story of someone with albinism in Malawi.

As he continues to dominate the headlines with his exploits, his documentary is now streaming on one of the renowned American sites The New Yorker Magazine.

LAZARUS, executive produced by Madonna and Bryn Mooser and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Darg, is a short documentary following Chigwandali’s rise from street musician to a global recording artist and award-winning activist.

The film charts Lazarus’ remarkable rise to fame, from busking on the streets of Lilongwe to performing to huge festival crowds. Through the process of Lazarus recording his debut album with Johan Hugo, the film uncovers the dark reality of life for a person with Albinism in East Africa.

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From Lazarus' music, audiences explore the conflicting relationship between the life force of music and the dark superstition that’s lead to the murder, abduction, and mutilation of over 600 individuals with Albinism in East Africa.

“I wanted to make a film dealing with the harrowing crisis facing persons with Albinism and when I was introduced to Lazarus I knew this was the perfect opportunity to shine light on the crisis and tell the story of human endurance and the power of music,” said David Darg, director of LAZARUS.

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Team Lazarus: David Darg, Johan Hugo, Lazarus Chigwandali & Bryn Mooser.

“His story was a perfect fit for The New Yorker Documentary as they seek to elevate unique voices and tell stories from around the world. It’s the ideal home for this film with their rich history of showcasing award-winning documentary content.”

LAZARUS debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival as an Official Selection in April 2019 and has screened globally at festivals including Mountainfilm, Traverse City Film Festival, and Hollyshorts, where it won the Best Documentary Prize.