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Disability in Film: Blindness

by Max
Disability in Film: Blindness by Max
The original list I made was getting pretty chaotic, with an overload of information, so over the next few days/weeks, I’ll be making individual lists, to link to the original list, so that browsing may be easier and less confusing. I thank you for your patience. And, as always, if you have any suggestions, by all means, let me know. Blindness: -City Lights (1931) by Charles Chaplin Thanks to user jessica bauer for the recommendation. I honestly felt like an idiot for forgetting this one! -Blind (1987) by Frederick Wiseman The Alabama School for the Blind is organized to educate blind and visually impaired students to take charge of their… Read more

The original list I made was getting pretty chaotic, with an overload of information, so over the next few days/weeks, I’ll be making individual lists, to link to the original list, so that browsing may be easier and less confusing. I thank you for your patience. And, as always, if you have any suggestions, by all means, let me know.

Blindness:
-City Lights (1931) by Charles Chaplin
Thanks to user jessica bauer for the recommendation. I honestly felt like an idiot for forgetting this one!

-Blind (1987) by Frederick Wiseman
The Alabama School for the Blind is organized to educate blind and visually impaired students to take charge of their own lives. This Frederick Wiseman documentary, running 132 minutes, shows the daily life of students from kindergarten through the 12th grade. In addition to traditional classroom subjects (English, history, science, music), the educational programs include mobility training and braille instruction. Dedicated staff members (including some who are blind themselves) are shown dealing with student disciplinary problems. Other sequences include psychological counseling sessions, vocational training, and a wide variety of recreational and athletic programs. —allmovie guide

-Scent of a Woman (1992) by Martin Brest

-The Color of Paradise (1999) by Majid Majidi
Director Majid Majidi, whose Bacheha-Ye Aseman/Children Of Heaven was the first Iranian film to be nominated for an American Academy Award, returns with another compassionate story of children in need. Mohammad (Moshen Ramezani) is a student at a special school for blind children in Tehran; when summer break rolls around, Mohammad is the last student to be picked up by his family. His mother is dead, and his father (Hossein Mahjub), who earns a meagre wage working in a charcoal producing plant, sometimes considers abandoning the boy. However, father does eventually arrive, and Mohammad spends the summer with his sisters and grandmother at a farm surrounding by dazzling fields of wild flowers. The summer in the country is a joyous experience for Mohammad, until he discovers his father is giving thoughts to re-marrying, and considers his handicapped son to be a stumbling block in his future matrimonial plans. —allmovie guide
Thanks to user VAHID REZAZADE for suggesting this title.

-Dancer in the Dark (2000) by Lars von Trier
Thanks to user jessica bauer for the recommendation.

-The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003) by Takeshi Kitano

-Ray (2004)
Jamie Foxx stars as music icon and legend Ray Charles in an Academy Award winning performance.

-Black (2005) by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Debraj Sahay is a teacher to Michelle McNally who is both deaf & blind, he meets her as an eight year old, who doesn’t understand anything. She is violent, confused and unable to comprehend her life. Her world is BLACK. Debraj leads her from this darkness and confusion into light and hope, how he makes her discover her an identity, this makes her feel human rather than someone inferior with a disability. He is her teacher, her Guru, the one who leads her from darkness into light. -IMDb Summary by screen

-Blindsight (2006) by Lucy Walker
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. A 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 school for the blind in Lhasa, 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 3-week journey is beyond anything any of them could have predicted. —blindsightthemovie.com
Thanks to jessica bauer for recommending this film for inclusion on the list.

-Blind Loves (2008) by Juraj Lehotský
Blind Loves is a film about love between blind people. Love can be soft, love can be silly, love can be blind at times… To find one’s place at this world is not an easy thing to do for people with good sight, but how much more difficult it can get for somebody who is blind? The “view” of blind persons is often pure and essential, and very often witty. It uncovers new dimensions of meaning of happiness. –artileria

Snowblind (2009) by Vikram Jayanti
Rachael Scdoris, a blind 23-year-old, doesn’t let her disability stop her from competing in one of the most gruelling endurance contests in the world: the Iditarod dogsled race traversing 1,100 miles of Alaska’s most rugged terrain. But being blind is only the start of her challenges. —tiff.net

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