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In My Skin embodies a narrative of stories from the Dark-skinned communities, Albinism communities, Vitiligo communities and freckled face communities, looking into the dynamic life experiences of people with unique skin tones and texture. Decoding individuals who have been victimized and bullied for the way that they look and/or the color of their skin
Colorism incorporates stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination based on skin colour, between and within races, as part of a hierarchical system of privilege and disadvantage structured on the lightness and darkness of someone’s skin.” People with albinism and very light skin due to lack of pigment, experience pervasive discrimination and attacks in which their body parts are removed and sold. The difference in treatment indicates complexities related to mystification of albino bodies. Colorism is a global issue, and it affects all races. In South Africa it is an existing phenomenon that is just swept under the carpet. This documentary aims to educate people about colorism and encourages more open conversations and celebrations of our skin.
In a world where different is deemed ugly, this documentary celebrates the uncelebrated skin by firstly unpacking the wounded journeys faced by individuals who have been victimized because of the shade or texture of their skin. Tebatso Mashishi a South African actor living with albinism and Anneline Mathibe, a former Miss Atteridgeville, question their disability refusing to be reduced to a condition. Lesego EgoFreckles Sidumo, a Fashion Model who always had to proof his blackness. Tumelo Malatjie, an enthusiastic college student who refers to her vitiligo as “Hidden Birthmarks” and has received many unsolicited and clinically non approved remedies on how to possibly cure vitiligo. Gaone Matewa who is an expert giving us some factual pointers on vitiligo, and how she started her nonprofit organization called Beyond Vitiligo which helps to educate our societies on this specific skin condition.
To Katlego, skin is a beautiful layer that covers the body, she is the only dark-skinned girl in her immediate family. She describes her childhood as being as tough and relives some of these dark moments when we sit down with her in the documentary. The aim of this documentary is to celebrate the uncelebrated skin – in whatever form, texture, or complexion it comes in. It is to educate our communities about colorism and how it affects our society and its progress.

    From exile with Love
  • Tumelo Nkwanca
  • Tumelo Nkwanca
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  • Runtime:
    40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    540,640 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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Director Biography - NDIYA NDIYA

NDIYA NDIYA, born Ndiyathemba Modibedi ka Tyombo, is an ingenious, vibrant filmmaker and seasoned actor. NDIYA was a finalist of the Netflix African Folktales Re-Imagined short film competition 2022. He studied Multimedia studies with the University of South Africa (UNISA) for a year. Thereafter he attained a National Diploma and a B-tech degree in Film and Television production at Tshwane University of Technology Film school. NDIYA’s professional film career kicks off in 2016 when he produced a short film called “Memeza” for Star Times channel, In the same year he was sent to Canada, Toronto by the NFVF to be an observing producer of the “Hot Docs” International Documentary Festival. Most recently in November 2021, a candidate representing South Africa at the 6th BRICS film festival in Goa, India through the NFVF. In 2017 he released his debut Directorial short film “SOL” which premiered at Rapid Lion International Film Festival and Cape Town International Film Festival & Market, including a selection for nomination at the SAFTAS and the Africa Movie Academy Awards in Nigeria (2018).

He produced the award-winning feature film “Letters of Hope” for Trial by Media Films, available on Amazon prime (USA). A film that earned him a nomination for Best Producer at the 2020 Rapid Lion International Film Festival. In 2021 he produced his 2nd feature film “Surviving Gaza” for eVOD & Trial by Media Films, earning 14 nominations at the 2022 Africa Movie Academy Awards including Best Film . NDIYA is currently in post-production final stages of his 2nd directorial short film “From exile with love” to premiere in festivals soon. His Filmography includes films like bioscope tv film "Hustlers"(2013), which he wrote, produced and Directed, as well as Directing a short Bio-documentary of legendary poet Mak Manaka titled "In time with Mak Manaka"(2016) available on Dogmative Network.

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