UK DVD Sleeve Blindsight
|Directed by||Lucy Walker|
|Produced by||Sybil Robson Orr, Robson Entertainment, London W1, England; Steven Haft (executive producer), New York, USA|
|Starring||Erik Weihenmayer, Sabriye Tenberken, Kyila, Tashi Pasang, Tenzin, Dachung, Gyenshen, Sonam Bhumtso|
Blindsight is a 2006 documentary film directed by Lucy Walker and produced by Sybil Robson Orr for Robson Entertainment. It premiered at 2006 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in the category Real to Reel.
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas, Blindsight follows six Tibetan teenagers on their journey to climb the 23,000 foot Lhakpa Ri mountain in the shadow of Mount Everest. A dangerous journey soon becomes a seemingly impossible challenge made all the more remarkable by the fact that the teenagers are blind. The children are at times feared by their parents, scorned by villagers and deemed sinners by devout followers of Buddhism, and believed to be cursed. Helped by Sabriye Tenberken — a blind German social worker who established the first school for the blind in Lhasa — the students invite the famous blind mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer to visit their school after learning about his climb to the summit of Everest. Erik arrives in Lhasa and helps the students and their educators climb higher than they have ever been before.
The film received near universally positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 98% of critics gave the film a positive review, based on 49 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "A powerful glimpse of the possibilities for transcendence in straightforward documentary filmmaking — and extreme physical disability." Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 72 out of 100, based on 12 reviews.
Awards and nominations
- WINNER - Audience Award for Best film Berlin Film Festival Panorama 2007
- WINNER – Audience Award for best documentary film American Film Institute - AFI - (see American Film Institute Awards 2006) Los Angeles
- WINNER - Audience Award for Best Documentary Palm Springs Film Festival
- NOMINEE – Best Documentary British Independent Film Awards 2006
- "Blindsight - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-09-23.
- "Blindsight (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-09-23.
- Official website
- Blindsight at the Internet Movie Database
- Blindsight at Rotten Tomatoes
- Blindsight at Metacritic
- Blindsight at AllMovie
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