Videos and images are replacing more and more articles and posts, not to mention the books. Everyone can make a video, you need just a phone. Some editing softwares are very simple. Of course the quality is not always high,as this needs techniques and specific devices, but the border is becoming thinner and thinner.
I’m certainly attentive to media channels dealing with issues of low vision, blindness and disability but I have the impression that there is an increasing number of videos on the subject.
So I decided to collect in this article some of the videos, documentaries and films I’ve seen recently. And some that I plan to see in the near future.
Beyond successful titles such as Blindness and Scent of a Woman, there are many films where the protagonist is blind or partially sighted.
Here is a complete list.
The following are feature films, independent documentaries.
#YellowTheWorld – Everest Edition (2016)
To raise awareness on Usher Syndrome and the limits of visual impairment, Dario Sorgato, founder of NoisyVision, brought the #YellowTheWorld campaign to its highest point.
In the documentary Sorgato explains the motivation, preparation and completion of his adventure, trying to share how the sensory limitations can impact his daily life but do not prevent him to live it to the fullest.
The documentary includes testimonials from all over the world.
Directors: Amador Perez Rico, Dario Sorgato
Writer: Dario Sorgato (created by)
Star: Dario Sorgato
Trailer and full movie
Sono una testa dura (2015)
I do not hear, do not see, but I speak and run. This is the motto of Alessandro Mennella, a 31 years old man suffering from the Usher syndrome, which in this video interview talks about his story and his passions.
Full movie with English subtitles
Shot in the Dark (2017)
A documentary on three blind photographers: Pete Eckert, Sonia Soberats and Bruce Hall. A documentary on three blind people who devote their lives to creating images
Director: Frank Amann
Star: Kathleen Renish
Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst (2017)
It is the story of Jan, whose world has changed and with it his perception, because he only has a vision of 5%.
Director: Vivien Hartmann
Stars: Jan Meuel
Driving Blind (2014)
Two brothers, Tod and Justin Purvis, who suffer from a degenerative eye disease, and is going blind. Circumnavigate the United States, seeing the great sights that make America beautiful. Limited sight, with unlimited Vision.
Director: Brian James Griffo
Writers: Justin Purvis, Tod Purvis (story)
Stars: Justin Purvis, Tod Purvis
The Eyes of Me (2009)
An up-close look at four teens who have lost their sight. Set in Austin, TX, this film follows their high school experiences of dating, academic responsibilities, fitting in, family problems and preparing for college over the course of one dynamic year.
Director: Keith Maitland
Star: Robert Pierson
Beyond Sight: The Derek Rabelo Story (2014)
Derek Rabelo’s father prayed that his son would become a famous professional surfer. Unfortunately on May 25th 1992, his prayer seemed unanswered when Derek was born blind. Seventeen years later Derek decided that despite his blindness he still wanted to surf and that he wanted to surf Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu.
Directors: Bryan S. Jennings, Bruno Lemos
Writers: Bryan S. Jennings, Roger Thompson
Stars: Derek Rabelo, Makua Rothman, Bethany Hamilton, Laird John Hamilton
Going Blind (2010)
A documentary about coping with vision loss.
Director: Joseph F. Lovett
Writer: Joseph F. Lovett
Star: Steve Baskis
Do You Dream in Color? (2015)
Do You Dream in Color? is the coming-of-age story of four courageous blind high school students as they strive to prove that their disability will not hold them back from achieving their dreams.
Directors: Abigail Fuller, Sarah Ivy
The boy who sees without eyes – Extraordinary People (2007)
Ben Underwood had both his eyes removed at the age of three. He taught himself to perceive and locate objects by making clicking sounds with his tongue and using the echoes as they bounced off his environment.
Algorithms is a documentary on the thriving but little known world of Blind Chess in India. Filmed over three years, it follows three talented boys from different parts of India and a totally blind player turned pioneer who not only aims to situate India on a global stage but also wants all blind children to play chess.
Directors: Ian McDonald, Geetha J
Sense the Wind (2015)
Blind sailors race across open water, learning not to fear what cannot be seen – on boats or on land. They compete despite risk, trusting an image of the racecourse in the mind’s eye. Yet life is as unpredictable as the wind. Between seasons, one gains something far different than a trophy, and must learn afresh to live, sail and to lead with a new sensibility.
Director: Christine Knowlton
Writer: Elizabeth Delude-Dix
Stars: Matt Chao, Nancy Jodoin, Philip Kum
Seeing Singapore (2016)
Carte Blanche (2017)
Inspired by an incredible true story “Carte Blanche” is a feel-good movie about a high school history teacher who – fearing he might lose his job and dignity – decides to hide the fact that he’s losing his sight.
Trailer and full movie
Six blind Tibetan teenagers climb the Lhakpa-Ri peak of Mount Everest, led by seven-summit blind mountain-climber Erik Weihenmayer.
Director: Lucy Walker
Stars: Gavin Attwood, Sally Berg, Sonam Bhumtso
A shot in the dark (2016)
A Documentary exploring blind/visually impaired photography.
Directors: Alice Holloway
Did I miss any?
Which one did you watch?
Which one did you like the most?
Are you going to make one too?
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The Best Movies About Blindness – Ranker
Category:Films about blind people – Wikipedia
2 comments from the community
Un interessante documentario molto bello che ho visto a Vicenza è “Con il cuore, Oltre il buio” che spiega come ciechi e ipovedenti possono vivere una vita come tutti gli altri.
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