I, Mary (2021)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 16m

Straddling light and darkness, this lyrical telling of Regina Mary Ndlovu’s story is one about the pain that lurks beneath the surface. A survivor of a lifetime of sexual abuse, this fiercely determined woman with Albinism from Zambia and South Africa, fights every day to overcome her past and create a present that she is proud of.

In addition to having to deal with the dangerous myths surrounding people with Albinism that has kept her life in constant danger, Regina Mary starts a self-funded online talk show “My Voice: Albinism The New Era” in order to position people with Albinism within an affirming framework. Determined to make an impact with her voice, Regina Mary prepares for one of her most difficult episodes of her online Talk Show to date, which entails opening up old wounds in an attempt to find healing, support and community in a COVID-19 world. She reflects on the reality of not being able to read or write and attempting multiple suicide attempts, to becoming a motivational speaker and a conqueror of Mount Kilimanjaro.

In preparation for the episode, Regina Mary speaks to her mother for the first time about the abuse she endured as a child, exploring the intersection of abuse and Albinism. In an attempt to make her own and other voices visible on the world stage, she has to face her demons and self-examine her identities that hide beneath her masks. This is Regina Mary’s story, and this is her Voice.

Language

English

Country

South Africa