Dancing Eyes: A Short Documentary About Children & Teens Living with Albinism Video
Megan Palmer, and her cousin, Jenica Woolley (who lives almost 7,700 miles away in the Middle East) co-directed ‘Dancing Eyes’ which was recently nominated for Best Picture, Best International Picture, Best Story, and Best Sound at the THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival held annually in Doha, Qatar. The THIMUN Qatar Northwestern University Film Festival attracts young film makers from around the world. The films serve as a platform for young people to create advocacy films on local or global issues.
The film, Dancing Eyes’ is a story about children and teen’s living with albinism. Albinism is a rare condition that affects 1 in 17,000 people worldwide. This film was created to educate the public about albinism and give hope to individuals or families that are affected.
Megan has a form of albinism called ocular albinism. She has pigment in her hair, but lacks pigment in her eyes (ocular) and skin. Like all who have albinism, she is also visually impaired.
Jenica is a Senior at the American School of Doha in Qatar. She is an aspiring film maker and came to Megan with the idea and wanted Meg to be a part of it. Jenica mentored, encouraged, and trusted Meg to do the filming and interviews. Jenica had the huge task of sifting through hours and hours of film content and edited/created an inspirational story. Both Megan and Jenica are are thrilled that their film has received international attention. They are passionate about educating others about albinism and dispel the myths and stereotypes that are associated with it.