Blindsight (2006)



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.
PG (for some thematic elements and mild language)
Action & Adventure , Documentary , Special Interest
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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 7, 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.

April 11, 2008
Seattle Times
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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
Chicago Tribune
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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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Inspired by the exploits of blind mountain climber, Eric Weihenmayer, six students from the Tibetan School for the Blind undertake an expedition to the Lhakpa-Ri summit of Mt. Everest. One of the most engaging documentaries of recent years, this film is beautiful and awe-inspiring. Filmed against the backdrop of the world's tallest mountain, you will find the prerequisite thrills of a mountain climbing saga, but this wise little film is really about something more awe-inspiring... the human spirit. Since reading "Into Thin Air," I've watched a lot of films about Everest and read the books too, but here's something different. An expedition organized to get six blind Tibetan teenagers to the Lhakpa-Ri peak of the mountain, becomes the backstory to some even greater challenges for these brave youngsters. One by one, their life stories are revealed to be as inspirational as anything they encounter on the windswept glaciers of the world's tallest mountain. In a country where blindness is considered a curse, we find these young men and women to be closer to greatness in their courage and humility, than any fainter glory that reaching a mountain summit could bring them. Interesting interplay among the adult sponsors of the trip, rugged mountain guides who see things in the western spirit of individual achievement, and the teachers from the school, one of them blind herself, who simply want their young friends to experience the joy and comradeship of which they have had so little in their lives. Time and again, while watching, I was overwhelmed by emotion, but this is not a film of cheap sentimentality. It's about the darkness that surrounds anyone who feels cut off and outcast, and the light that suddenly penetrates to the heart of those who experience something resembling family and acceptance for the first time in their lives.

Wayne Schenewerk
Wayne Schenewerk

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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