Genevieve PM Roy
BLIND a play that exposes the reality of those suffering from albinism in TanzaniaFrom the 3rd of April until Sunday, April 13th 2014 at the MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels),Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre's presents Blind, a play that exposes the current persecution and discrimination of people living with albinism in Tanzania.
Who among us hasn’t felt the pangs of pity when the desolate images of suffering children in third world countries appear on late night television commercials? Here in the West, to partially assuage our feelings of guilt from living in more than comfortable surroundings, we offer numerous forms of humanitarian and emergency assistance, recognized as crucial measures to help poor developing nations...
Blind is a play that exposes the current persecution and discrimination of people living with albinism in Tanzania that has unfortunately escalated into gruesome murders, mutilations and human trafficking of body parts to be bought and sold by corrupt politicians and faith healers. Children are often the main targets and victims of these atrocities and are usually separated from their parents and communities to be sent off to special schools that may offer them some level of comfort and safety.
In this fascinating encounter between documentary theater and mythical storytelling, Blind follows Canadian aid worker Hannah during her stay in Tanzania where she works as an international observer of human rights violations. Sent to help perform an evaluation of a school, she encounters the local authorities, gathers moving testimonies from local children with albinism and eventually has to confront her inner spiritual demons by asking herself “What do we think we are doing when we think we are doing good ?”
Foreign aid or (development assistance) is often regarded as being too much, or wasted on corrupt recipient governments despite any good intentions from donor countries. Blind is an unflinching account of the crisis of humanitarian aid in Africa. The play tackles the issues that surround foreign aid and its effects that trickle down to the populace. In reality, there are numerous factors involved in offering aid to another country. Often the facts we are presented on television or print lack context and depth and only represent a limited and somewhat harrowing view of the situation . We as auditors turn a blind eye to the greater picture of understanding local cultural values and often ignore the process of healing the afflicted after the trauma.
The talented cast of actors from Scapegoat Carnivale theater, a Montreal - based, independent theater company, enraptured the audience with their moving retelling of local folklore and with their carnivalesque and expressionistic gestures, sounds and acting. The MAI, in collaboration with Under the Same Sun a charitable organization committed to aid the crisis of albinism persecution via advocacy and education, helped bring this wonderful play to the stage that helps break down our own prejudices and misunderstandings.
Blind continues its run at the MAI, 3680 rue Jeanne-Mance until Sunday, April 13th 2014.
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Tickets: $22 regular, $15 students, $18 seniors. Preview Thursday, April 3 at 8pm, $15.
Reservations online: m-a-i.qc.ca/en/upcoming/scapegoat-carnivale-en (+ service charge).
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