Utah teen's short film part of Qatar Film Festival
Thank you for writing the article on Meg. It's brought a lot of positive
awareness toward the documentary'Dancing Eyes' and albinism.When we saw the printed story on Sunday we were thrilled with the title which
says, "Utah teen telling the world about albinism." Although albinism
can be a struggle at times, for different reasons, we (Meg especially)
doesn't want anyone to ever get the impression that she "suffers"
This is an inspiring story. It takes a lot of courage for a teenager to stand
up and say, "look at me!", even if they don't already stand out
somehow. At that age, many kids are just as happy to avoid any attention.My son came home from high school many days with serious depression
issues, simply because he is tall and pasty white (not Albinism, just a very
white complexion) in a school with only a 25% white population. He was very
self-conscious, and it took him a long time to feel comfortable being himself
and getting attention because of how he looks.I'm not saying
how wonderful my kid is, or equating what he goes through with what the kids in
this story do. All I'm saying is that even kids without a medical
condition, especially at this age, have a tough time when they are getting
attention they don't really want.For a teenager to put herself
in the spotlight to highlight a condition that is misunderstood and often brings
negative attention to those who have it, that takes courage many of us lack, and
I applaud her.
Thanks for enlightenment, I remember how cruel school children , even older
folks have been to those with Albinism. This educates on many levels.
Thank you for the story, Deseret News, and thank you for the short film. It was
very informative. I hope that it wins and that as many people see it as