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



Total Count: 50


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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.


Critic Reviews for Blindsight

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (1)

  • You wouldn't believe it as fiction but it really is fairly unadorned fact. It is easy to see awards beckoning, and deservedly so because Walker as a film-maker never puts herself in front of her extraordinary subjects.

    Aug 8, 2008 | Rating: 4/5
  • Walker's ending is fudged both in terms of the narrative and the issues, and she seems to come down, a little feebly, on the "heartwarming" side of things. But what an amazing, and bizarre, story.

    Aug 8, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A strikingly photographed documentary that unfolds into a story of human achievement and a study of the East-West culture clash.

    Aug 8, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Blindsight is a great example of the emotional dividends that careful photography, sensitive editing and an atmospheric score can deliver.

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

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for Blindsight

  • May 02, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2010
    very good movie thought it was very inspirational, great camerawork, enjoyed the movie
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2009
    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
  • Jan 27, 2009
    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 T Super Reviewer

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