‘Blindsight’ continues showing
A feature film described as a documentary that will make viewers re-examine their entire lives continues screening at the Crystal Theatre this weekend.
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas, “Blindsight” follows the gripping adventure of six blind Tibetan teenagers who set out to climb the 23,000-foot Lhakpa Ri on the north side of Mount Everest.
The idea for the actual expedition came about after blind educator Sabriye Tenberken, who founded Braille Without Borders, was inspired by blind alpinist and climber Erik Weihenmayer’s summit of Mount Everest in May 2001.
His climb had given the teenagers the courage to excel in a culture which affords few opportunities for the blind. Believed by many Tibetans to be possessed by demons, disabled children are shunned by their parents, scorned by their villages and rejected by society.
Rescued by Tenberken, who established the first school for the blind in Lhasa, the students invited Weihenmayer to visit their school. Weihenmayer then came up with the idea to make a film about the teenagers’ journey.
The film follows Weihenmayer and six Everest team members as they train the students and lead them on a climb on the north side of Mount Everest in 2004.
Featuring exceptional people doing extraordinary things, “Blindsight” is one of those documentaries “with the power to make you re-examine your entire life,” stated the New York Times.
The film premiered at the Toronto and London Film Festivals to standing ovations and was the Audience Choice at the Los Angeles and Berlin Film Festivals. It also premiered in Japan before the Imperial Family.
Weihenmayer, who was also in town for the 5Point Film Festival last weekend, introduced the film when it first screened at the Crystal Sunday.
“Blindsight” continues at 5:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 16-18, at the Crystal Theatre. It’s rated PG.
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