There’s something undeniably therapeutic about curling up on the couch with a tub of ice cream and a poignant movie that lets the tears flow freely.
Now, a drama movie on Netflix has captured the hearts of viewers, earning the title of the ‘saddest film’ ever.
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Can You See Us? is making waves, and it’s a ‘must-watch’ for those seeking an emotional journey.
Directed by Kenny Mumba from Zambia and penned by Andrew and Lawrence Thompson, this 15-rated movie introduces us to a young Zambian boy born with albinism, portrayed by Thabo Kaamba as a child and George Sikazwe as a young man.
From the very beginning, he faces the harsh reality of rejection by his own father.
As the narrative unfolds, viewers follow his path through a challenging childhood marked by relentless bullying, heartbreaking tragedy, and a glimmer of cautious hope.
The film’s opening credits reveal that Can You See Us? draws inspiration from the true story of John Chiti, a beloved Zambian singer with albinism.
Chiti’s experiences and his remarkable journey reportedly influenced the screenplay, and he is credited as an ‘additional writer’ on the project.
In a candid 2020 interview with Thomas Reuters Foundation, Chiti shared the painful memories of his early life, recounting: “When I was born, my family was confused. They couldn’t believe that I belonged, and this led to the divorce of my parents.”
In response to the challenges he faced, Chiti founded the Albino Foundation of Zambia in 2008, aiming to raise awareness and promote acceptance.
Reflecting on his journey, he emphasised: “I used to blame myself for being a person with albinism. I grew up with low self-esteem because I thought I’m not human enough.
“But it’s not us that have to change; it’s society that needs to change its attitudes towards us.”
Netflix aptly describes Can You See Us? as ‘bittersweet, dark, and emotional’.
Viewers have found themselves deeply moved by the film’s powerful narrative.
One Netflix user shared: “Haven’t cried this much in a while; this was an amazing movie.”
Many others admitted to ‘tearing up’ while watching, with some confessing that they shed tears ‘from the beginning to the end’.
One viewer poignantly remarked: “The saddest film, but a real eye-opener too; it’s horrific that an innocent child can endure so much hatred. Broke my heart.”
Another chimed in, saying: “Will melt your heart, this little boy will. Beautiful movie.”
The emotional impact of Can You See Us? is undeniable, and it has left an indelible mark on its audience.
For those considering a viewing, be forewarned that Can You See Us? is described as ‘heartbreaking’ by many viewers, who recommend having tissues at the ready.
As one commenter succinctly put it: “Tugged all my heartstrings.”
Can You See Us? is now available to stream on Netflix.