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American Printing House for the Blind Film Festival Announced

posted May 29, 2015, 11:05 PM by Cressie Hill
This summer, on June 27th, July 25th, and August 22nd from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m., the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is screening three recent documentaries about blindness for both blind and sighted audiences.

Each film, presented with audio description for the blind, will also be followed by a moderated discussion.

June 27 – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Going Blind (2010)

Directed and produced by a filmmaker slowly losing his sight, “Going Blind” explores the many kinds of vision loss through the personal stories of six individuals. It emphasizes how much is available in terms of special materials and products for the blind, new technology, low vision therapy, and vision enhancement techniques.

July 25 – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The Eyes of Me (2009)

"The Eyes of Me" follows four teens in the residential program at the Texas School for the Blind over the course of one school year, capturing their experiences with dating, academic responsibilities, fitting in, family problems, and preparing for life after high school.

August 22, 12:30-2:30
Blindsight (2006)

"Blindsight" shows the story of six Tibetan teenagers, all blind, who reached the 23,000 summit of Mount Lhakpa Ri (which is practically right next door to Everest), with their teacher, a blind educator and adventurer who established the first school for the blind in Tibet, and their guide, blind mountaineer and adventurer Eric Weihenmeyer. It is also about the challenges of being blind, the important of building confidence in young people, and the clash of Western and Tibetan notions of success.

 The APH will also be providing popcorn and other traditional theater snacks. Admission is completely free, but space is limited, so those who wish to attend should register as soon as possible (registration is required). To register, call 502-899-2213 or email by noon the day before each screening. Best for older children and adults.