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Dominican Republic, 2014

We regret that Gabriel Valencia will not be able to be in attendance.

Spanish with English subtitles.

Director/Writer: Melvin Durán Producer: Ricky Gluski Cinematographer: Gabriel Valencia Editor: Israel Cárdenas Music: Agustín Pinales Sound: Jonás Rodríguez, Aliosha Michelen, Adolfo Guerrero Cast: Yanibel Lara, Ariel Diaz, Ana Belkis Diaz, Agustín Pinales, Justa Pinales, Dinorah Pinales

In the breathtaking mountain region of Constanza, Dominican Republic, albinism is being passed down through multiple generations. This genetic condition manifests as an absence of pigmentation in the skin, eyes and hair, leaving those affected without any natural protection from the sun. Blanco portrays the daily life of six Dominican albinos of different ages, who strive to carry on with their lives as normal, in spite of their physical vulnerability. Rather than focusing on their suffering, this intimate documentary brings us into their private worlds, while providing a glimpse of how concepts of skin colour and privilege operate in the larger society.

Any documentary work that presents a largely unknown topic with honesty—one that is also enveloped by prejudice and ignorance—is extremely important, as it paves the way for a better understanding of another person, their circumstances in life. Melvin Durán, Remezcla

En la impresionante región montañosa de Constanza, República Dominicana, el albinismo se transmite a través de múltiples generaciones. Esta condición genética se manifiesta en la ausencia de pigmentación en los ojos, el pelo y la piel, dejando a los afectados sin ninguna protección natural contra el sol.  Blanco retrata la cotidianidad y el lado humano de seis albinos de diferentes edades, quienes asumen la vida con normalidad a pesar de su vulnerabilidad física. Más que centrarse en su sufrimiento, este documental nos muestra su intimidad y revela cómo los conceptos sobre el color de la piel y el privilegio todavía operan en la sociedad.


5:15 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Melvin Durán (b. 1986, Constanza, Dominican Republic) studied film at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. He earned a Masters in Film and Interactive Media from the Universidad de Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. Blanco, his directorial debut, had its international premiere in the Iberoamerican Documentary Competition at the Guadalajara Film Festival.