Blindsight (2006)



Critic Consensus: A powerful glimpse of the possibilities for transcendence in straightforward documentary filmmaking -- and extreme physical disability.

Movie Info

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas, "Blindsight" follows the gripping adventure of six Tibetan teenagers who set out to climb the 23,000-foot Lhakpa Ri on the north side of Mount Everest. The dangerous journey soon becomes a seemingly impossible challenge--made all the more remarkable by the fact that the teenagers are blind. Believed by many Tibetans to be possessed by demons, the children are shunned by their parents, scorned by their villages and rejected by society. … More

Rating: PG (for some thematic elements and mild language)
Genre: Documentary, Action & Adventure, Special Interest
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On DVD: Jan 13, 2009
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Critic Reviews for Blindsight

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (16)

Blindsight is a great example of the emotional dividends that careful photography, sensitive editing and an atmospheric score can deliver.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Time Out
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To see how these conflicts play out, to see how both sides came to realize that they had unexpected things to learn from these remarkable young people, is where Blindsight really makes its mark.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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Coying and manipulative.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Watching it, you feel almost as much a winner as the kids themselves.

Full Review… | May 9, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Walker captures all the dreamy-scary beauty of Everest's upper reaches, as well as numerous mini-dramas about the kids' readiness to approach the summit.

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
Seattle Times
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Along with its strong emotional pull and engrossing personalities, Blindsight also features some breath taking images of the Himalayas, and some nerve wrecking scenes that would make those of us who are afraid of heights to start sweating bullets.

Full Review… | January 6, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Blindsight


Inspirational documentary about the trials and tribulations of six blind Tibetan kids as they set out to climb Lhakpa Ri in the Himalayas. Emotional and uplifting.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

The film is just sad through and through. The poor kids get manipulated into climbing a mountain when they clearly are not physically able to do so and their so called guardians are so taken with the notion of taking blind kids up a mountain that they forget to look after their well being. Very very very sad.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


I enjoyed this, but I think there was a more interesting documentary trying to get out . The childrens personailties were sketchy and the contrast between the western/"proper climbers" aim of reaching the summit v's the eastern/children and teachers purpose of exploration, inclusion and growing as a team was only tentatively explored, The best bit was the coda saying what happened next. .

Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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