Blindsight

Overview

Erik Weihenmayer is an athlete and climbing enthusiast who, in the spring of 2001, scaled the summit of Mount Everest. This would be a notable accomplishment for anyone, but Weihenmayer was different from those who had reached Everest's peak before him -- he's been blind since the age of thirteen. Weihenmayer's remarkable story came to the attention of Sabriye Tenberken, an educator who teaches blind teenagers in Lhasa, Tibet. In Tibetan culture, blindness is considered by many to be a curse, and it's not unknown...
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Overview

Erik Weihenmayer is an athlete and climbing enthusiast who, in the spring of 2001, scaled the summit of Mount Everest. This would be a notable accomplishment for anyone, but Weihenmayer was different from those who had reached Everest's peak before him -- he's been blind since the age of thirteen. Weihenmayer's remarkable story came to the attention of Sabriye Tenberken, an educator who teaches blind teenagers in Lhasa, Tibet. In Tibetan culture, blindness is considered by many to be a curse, and it's not unknown for families to abandon children who are blind to the streets. Hoping to show others what her students could do, Tenberken invited Weihenmayer to Tibet to lead six teenagers on a climb of Lhakpa Ri, a peak on the northern face of Mount Everest. Weihenmayer eagerly accepted the invitation and in 2004 he joined Tenberken and her students on the adventure of a lifetime as six sightless novice climbers attempted to conquer one of the world's tallest and most challenging mountains. Documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker joined Weihenmayer for his adventure with the Tibetan students, and Blindsight is a record of what he and his charges accomplished together. Blindsight received its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.
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Special Features

Audio description track for the blind; Making Blindsight; Insights from Erik and Sabriye; Young Tibetans trip to USA; Young Tibetans' update; Audience reactions; Theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2009
  • UPC: 014381528121
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gavin Attwood Participant
Sally Berg Participant
Sonam Bhumtso Participant
Michael Brown Participant
Dachung Participant
Jeff Evans Participant
Gyenshen Participant
Stefani Jackenthal Participant
Paul Kronenberg Participant
Kyila Participant
Charley Mace Participant
Steven Mace Participant
Chris Morris Participant
Tashi Pasang Participant
Kami Tenzing Sherpa Participant
Sabriye Tenberken Participant
Cornelia Tenberken Participant
Tenzin Participant
Nguyen-Toan Tran Participant
Erik Weihenmayer Participant
Ed Weihenmayer Participant
Technical Credits
Lucy Walker Director
Michael A. Brown Cinematographer
Petr Cikhart Cinematographer
Sebastian Duthy Editor
Simon Forrester Sound/Sound Designer
Tsering D. Gonkatsang Translator
Steven Haft Executive Producer
Tashi Lamo Translator
Sybil Robson Orr Producer
Keith Partridge Cinematographer
Pasang Translator
Nitin Sawhney Score Composer
Li Shui Translator
Tsephum Translator
Phagmo Tsering Translator
Tsering Phun Tsok Translator
Fred Wang Associate Producer
Phun Tsok Wangchuk Translator
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blindsight
1. Program Start [3:55]
2. Braille Without Boders - Lhasa, Tibet [4:25]
3. Permission to Climb [5:47]
4. The Goal - Lhakpa Ri - 23,000 Ft. [12:36]
5. A Golden Chance [4:44]
6. 15,000 Ft. [9:25]
7. Rombuk Monastery [5:11]
8. Everest Base Camp - 17,000 Ft. [9:25]
9. Luding - Szechwan Province, China [2:13]
10. Old British Camp - 18,000 Ft. [11:20]
11. Finding Tashi's Family [8:02]
12. The Push to ABC - 21,500 Ft. [4:01]
13. A Difficult Decision [1:25]
14. Changing Perspective [11:13]
15. After the Climb [6:49]
16. End Credits [4:08]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Blindsight
   Feature
   Start
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailers
      Making Blindsight
      Audience Reactions
      The Young Tibetans' Update
      The Young Tibetans Travel to America
      Insights From Erik and Sabriye
      Play All
   Set-Up
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
      Audio Description For the Blind and Visually-Impaired
      Spanish Subtitles
      English Subtitles For the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired: Off
   To Donate to Braille Without Borders
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