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    • Incredible. It was incredible! And how Joanna and I connected was at the Genetic Alliance, their big annual conference. We had a huge POSITIVE EXPOSURE exhibit, and she’d just completed a film called “In the Family” about the BRCA gene, which she carries, which has elevated risk of ovarian and breast cancer. And she was going to the theatre to show her film to the audience, and she started walking through my exhibition, and she grabbed me in tears and said “My disease is invisible, yet I’m in EVERY ONE of these photographs. We HAVE to make a documentary.” And we did! It took us five years. We filmed here in New York and also in Kenya. The process was extraordinary. We also filmed in Education City in Qatar. It was incredible, working with the medical students. We had to make the film half an hour, because we felt it was SO important for this film to be shown in schools. We had to leave out the Middle East, but we kept Sarah’s story, who was born with a birthmark on her face from Sturge Weber syndrome, and Jane, who was in Kenya, who has albinism, and wanted to start POSITIVE EXPOSURE Kenya. There’s a lot of discrimination against people with albinism in African countries: currently, witch doctors in East Africa ask for the bones of albino children and adults to make a potion that will make you rich. So education is a huge factor in helping support their community, letting people know that they aren’t special or diseased or have more valuable bones, they are just human beings like everyone else. The documentary has been screened in tons of schools, it won the audience choice award in the Chicago International Film Festival, and a lot of festival accolades. It’s a message we all need to hear, about seeing beauty in diversity, not being afraid of it, but embracing it, because it changes everything.