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Blindsight

Rating:PG (for some thematic elements and mild language)
Genre:Documentary, Action/Adventure
Release Date:March 5, 2008
Running time:104 minutes
Cast:Gavin Attwood, Sally Berg, Sonam Bhumtso, Michael Brown, Dachung
Director:Lucy Walker
Producer:Sybil Robson Orr
Writer:Lucy Walker
Distributor:Spark Entertainment

Description: 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 only school for the blind in Tibet, 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 three-week journey is beyond anything any of them could have predicted.

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