(Screening Introduction: Prayers & Chants by Gyuto Monks, Traditional Dance by TAFM Dancers)
Director: LUCY WALKER
Blindsight follows six vision-impaired teens in Lhasa, where blindness is often regarded as a sign of demon possession, as they attempt to scale a 23,000-foot peak on Mt. Everest, led by Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind man to have climbed Everest itself.
Shunned by their families, the children have been taken in by fearless adventurer Sabriye Tenberken, founder of Tibet’s only school for the blind. In their dangerous three-week expedition, they brave ravines, the weather and altitude sickness with rare fortitude in this springboard for adventure amid a raw beauty that seems to thwart even their amazing human ambition.
(In Tibetan w/ Eng. subtitles)
TIBET/GERMANY/USA • 2006 • 104 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: LUCY WALKER