[nabs] "Going Blind" documentary
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LISADRZEWUCKI at aol.com
Tue Sep 21 16:29:38 GMT 2010
Thank you for bringing this to my (our) attention. The film looks quite
interesting and will be having its premier in NY on 10/8. It runs for one
week and I am hoping to make it to a screening.
In a message dated 9/21/2010 10:57:24 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
anmolpbhatia at yahoo.com writes:
I am wondering what is everyone's thoughts on this documentary?
ABOUT THE FILM
Going Blind is a unique documentary film that increases public awareness
of sight loss and low vision issues profoundly affecting the lives of more
more people and those who love them.
Documentary film director and journalist Joe Lovett has glaucoma, a
disease that robs 4.5 million people of their vision world wide. Over the years,
has lost a significant amount of vision and in his concern about how to
deal with more vision loss, he has started to talk with people who have
lost theirs; people who have lost their sight through blinding diseases
like diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, others through infection
Some of the people he meets on the street, stopping to ask if they have
time to talk. Each one has a fascinating story about dealing with the loss we
most, the loss of sight.
Going Blind interweaves Joe’s story, his mission to do what he can to slow
down the course of his disease through medication and surgeries, with the
of others whom he looks to for guidance in a darkening world.
Jessica Jones, a neighbor of Joe’s, is one of the people participating in
the film. They met on the street when Jessica was training her seeing eye
Chef, a black lab.
A young, beautiful and talented artist who had been teaching in the New
York City public school system, Jessica was exasperated by the lack of
and opportunities after she had lost her sight to diabetic retinopathy in
just 8 months at age 32. During the process of filming Jessica secured a job
teaching art at a school in the Bronx for blind children with multiple
Another is eleven-year old Emmet Teran. Emmet has low vision from
albinism, a condition he inherited from his father who also has to deal with
low vision. Emmet works with a comedy troupe after school and uses humor
to dismiss some of the hurts a child encounters from his peers.
These compelling individual stories provide the sighted with a glimpse
into the world of low vision and blindness. Worldwide, 37,000,000 people have
their vision. In the United States alone, Lighthouse International reports
that 10 million people are legally blind (1.3 million) or visually impaired
Given our aging population and the increasing prevalence of low vision in
our society, it is of paramount importance that we understand sight loss
towards a better future. Going Blind encourages and inspires people to
take action to preserve, prolong, and maximize the precious gift of sight – for
themselves, their loved ones, and society.
I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps
there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze
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