Blindsight
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"Blindsight is a great example of the emotional dividends that careful photography, sensitive editing and an atmospheric score can deliver."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Watching it, you feel almost as much a winner as the kids themselves."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Along with its strong emotional pull and engrossing personalities, Blindsight also features some breath taking images of the Himalayas, and some nerve wrecking scenes that would make those of us who are afraid of heights to start sweating bullets."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"You wouldn't believe it as fiction but it really is fairly unadorned fact. It is easy to see awards beckoning, and deservedly so because Walker as a film-maker never puts herself in front of her extraordinary subjects."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The ascent reveals a fascinating clash of values between the more gung-ho Americans (who are determined to reach the top) and the youngsters' remarkable teacher Sabriye Tenberken."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"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."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"memorable portrait of some truly courageous individuals and previously unrevealed insights to Tibetan culture"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"How they managed the trek defies belief, but in an art-form where superpowers have become passť, it's a stirring reminder of what human powers, against the odds, can achieve."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Lucy Walker's inspirational, award-winning documentary, which leaves condescension and treacle out in the cold, emerging as one of the year's most illuminating, heartbreaking, and life-affirming movies."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"Coying and manipulative."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune
"An important, heart-soaring record of a group of incredibly brave people doing something almost everyone would tell them is impossible."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Lucy Walker's documentary Blindsight is breathtaking twice over. It leaves the audience gasping like a landed guppy at views of snow-coddled Himalayan peaks under ice-blue skies."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Lucy Walker's documentary is genuinely stirring."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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