International Documentary Competition


  • Description
  • Climbing Mount Everest is a life long goal for many, requiring years of training and preparation. Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to conquer Everest, is going to lead six blind Tibetan teenagers with little to no training in pursuit of that same dream.

    Directed by Lucy Walker (DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND), BLINDSIGHT introduces us to the students of a unique Tibetan school for blind children. In a region where a staggering one in 70 Tibetans is blind, children are often stigmatized and ostracized for being blind by their own communities. Inspired by Erik's story, their teacher, Sabriye Tenberken, invites Erik to meet her students and help organize an expedition to guide six classmates to the summit of Lhakpa Ri, a peak on the north side of Everest. With Erik's team of guides, the group sets out for an adventure beyond compare.

    Interspersed with revealing and heartbreaking portraits of each student, the most awe-inspiring mountains in the world set the stage for this harrowing and charming adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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