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Blindsight
     

Blindsight

Director: Lucy Walker

Cast: Sabriye Tenberken, Erik Weihenmayer, Sonam Bhumtso

 
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

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2009
UPC:
0014381528121
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG
Source:
Image Entertainment
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
82,250

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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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sabriye Tenberken Participant
Erik Weihenmayer Participant
Sonam Bhumtso Participant
Gyenshen Participant
Dachung Participant
Kyila Participant
Tenzin Participant
Tashi Pasang Participant
Gavin Attwood Participant
Sally Berg Participant
Jeff Evans Participant
Paul Kronenberg Participant
Michael Brown Participant
Stefani Jackenthal Participant
Charley Mace Participant
Steven Mace Participant
Chris Morris Participant
Kami Tenzing Sherpa Participant
Cornelia Tenberken Participant
Nguyen-Toan Tran 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

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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