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Blindsight (2006)

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

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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. Rescued by Sabriye Tenberken, a blind educator and adventurer who established the first and only school for the blind in Tibet, the students invite the famous blind mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer to visit their school after learning about his conquest of Everest. Erik arrives in Lhasa and inspires Sabriye and her students Kyila, Sonam Bhumtso, Tashi, Gyenshen, Dachung and Tenzin to let him lead them higher than they have ever been before. The resulting three-week journey is beyond anything any of them could have predicted.

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Critic Reviews for Blindsight

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

August 8, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

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.

May 30, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Coying and manipulative.

May 30, 2008 | Full Review…

Watching it, you feel almost as much a winner as the kids themselves.

May 9, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

April 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

The film is often breathtakingly beautiful, and even as the students triumph over the naysayers, it's melancholy knowing they aren't sharing viewers' experiences of their starkly gorgeous world.

April 10, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Blindsight

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

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½

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
Randy Tippy

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½

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
Lesley N

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