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DOCUMENTARY BLINDSIGHT                                                                      

BLINDSIGHT Reaches U.S. Theaters Beginning in March

In 2004 a filmteam had joined Erik Weihenmayer, Sabriye Tenberken and 6 of the blind students of the BWB project who attempted to climb Lhakpa Ri, a 23,000 feet high peak next to Mount Everest.

This effort resulted in a very interesting documentary with amazing footage. Please find here a description of the film:

Sabriye Tenberken, 2006 Mother Theresa Award Winner and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, became fascinated with the study of Tibetan culture as a young blind German woman and created the first Braille text for the Tibetan language.  She travelled alone to Tibet and into the frozen Himalayas to find blind children, considered demonic by
their culture, to attend a school she established specially for them.  She and 6 of her blind students joined world class blind mountain climber, Erik Weihenmayer, in an attempt to summit Lhakpa Ri, the 23,000 foot peak which rises spectacularly beside Mount Everest. The resulting 3-week journey is beyond anything any of them could have predicted.

BLINDSIGHT DVD can now be ordered at:

Blindsight in LA

Here is a comment received by an author herself who saw the film last week in Denver ,  which captures the essence of BLINDSIGHT's remarkable struggle: 

Great story told so well.....  But what I keep spinning around in my head is that the track, drawn out so well, didn’t end with any resolution.  When do we step in to take control – when do we let go. I read in a number of articles that BLINDSIGHT is an East meets West or cultural conflict, but I really identified with it as a parent.  Whenever I am in a position of authority as a mom or in class teaching, what I am always struggling with is: where's the line?  What will the consequences be if I don’t draw it soon enough to keep a charge safe. Safety equals cutting short the challenge which equals cutting short the growth,  the learning, confidence and skills. 

New York Times "CRITIC'S PICK" .... EVER UPWARD, NO MATTER WHAT.....Featuring exceptional people doing extraordinary things, BLINDSIGHT is one of those documentaries with the power to make you re-examine your entire life.  ....Jeannette Catsoulis.

This award-winning film is opening in theaters as follows:


 Theatrical Release Dates

Portland OR    April 18    Hollywood Theater  (extended)

Pittsburgh    April 25    Harris Theater

Minneapolis    April 25    Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Waterville ME    April 25    Railroad Square Cinema 

Brookline MA    April 25    Coolidge Corner Theater

Hartford CT    May 2    Real Art Ways Theater

Aspen CO    May 3    Wheeler Film Society

Roanoke VA    May 4    Grandin Theater

State College PA    May 9    State Theater

Minneapolis    May 9    Oak Street Cinema

May 9    Grand Rapids MI     Urban Institutes for Contemporary Arts

Carbondale  CO    May 11    Crystal Theater (following the 5Point Film Festival)

Kahului HI    May 14    Harold K.L. Castle Theater

Ft. Smith AK    May 16    Ft. Smith Cinema

Beverly MA    May 20    Cabot Street Cinema

Los Angeles    May 30   Laemmle Sunset 5 Theater

Peekskill NY    June 12    Paramount Center

Montreal    June 13    Cinéma du Parc

Carlisle PA    June 13    Carlisle Theater

Gainesville FL    June 20    Hippodrome Cinema

Anchorage    July 21    Bear Tooth Theater

From an article in the Denver paper:  BLINDSIGHT pays tribute to the teenagers' high altitude bravery, but their stories didn't end with their return to flat ground.  One of the girls is now overseeing Sabriye Tenberken's school for the blind.  Another has just graduated, first in her class, from a school that didn't even want to accept her because she was (blind).  Two of the ex-climbers run the largest massage therapy clinic in the Tibetan capital,  Lhasa , and another has become the country's leading Braille publisher.

 Theaters are being added on a regular basis.  We will provide updates through our News Releases,  but please go to for a complete listing.  There is also an exciting 2-minute preview on the website.

Blindsight,' Reaching Into the Darkness
Part 01

The film "Blindsight" captures the daring feats of six blind teens in Tibet.
Part 2

Links to film reviews and features:   NBC Nightly News coverage following New York premiere hosted by Merrill Lynch  Sabriye's interview on "The World"    Serendipity column in the Trenton Times    Parade Magazine "Pick" in its March 9 issue

Sports Illustrated features BLINDSIGHT in its March 10 issue.

For a full slate of reviews,  go to

Please send this News Release to your friends and family and encourage them to see BLINDSIGHT when it comes to your city.

Additional BLINDSIGHT coverages are on NBC Nightly News,  Parade Magazine,  the New York Times, Good Day New York,  and much more....even the American Airlines travel magazine American Way.  

Jeffrey Lyons of NBC/REEL TALK:  "One of the most inspiring films I've ever seen. It will put your life into a new, wonderful perspective, as almost no other film has ever done. A wonderful,  uplifting, beautifully-crafted story of courage, determination and bravery!"  

Awards and recognition:

- Winner - Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature - AFI Fest 2006
- Winner Audience Award at the Berlinale in 2007
- Winner Audience Award at the Palm Springs film festival 2007
- Winner Audience Award at the International Filmfestival Ghent, Belgium
- Shortlisted for Academy Awards 2006 for Best Documentary Feature
- Nominee for Best Documentary - British Independent Film Awards 2006
" A brilliant film, ravishingly photographed. "-  Time Out  London
" A beautiful, crowd-pleasing doc. " -  Jason Solomons, The Observer (UK)
" Inspiring and fascinating." - J Kelly Nestruck , National Post
" Funny touching and gorgeous. " - Damien Rogers, Now
For additional information about the film, the filmmakers and climbers, please check out


BLINDSIGHT Poster used in Holland / Belgium

Blindsight is produced by Sybil Robson Orr, directed by Lucy Walker and edited by the very talented Sebastian Duthy
"Loved the film, it had everything you could want in a story that is lacking in virtually every film today!  One of my top handful of the year."
- Mike Reynolds, AP Radio
" Yes, Walker's documentary hails from the inspirational school of filmmaking, and graduates with honors."
- Rick Groen, Globe & Mail
"Be assured that Blindsight is this year's Murderball: an unconventional, outstanding athletic documentary that inspires new faith in human potential."
"A gripping documentary premiered this week to a standing ovation..."
- Ka Yan Ng, Reuters

" Intelligently questions our values of heroism, community and success."
- Eye Weekly

  "Deceptively complex...a compelling study in culture clash, with spectacular scenery to boot."
- Lisa Felperin, Variety

The film has been/will be released in :
Japan - August 2007
Sweden - October 2007
The Netherlands  - December 2007
Germany - January 2008
Belgium - January 2008
Australia - February 2008
UK and USA: March 2008

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