Awestruck. That’s how I felt when the credits rolled on “Blindsight.” The movie follows six Tibetan teenagers who set out to climb the 23,000 foot Lhakpa Ri on the north side of Mount Everest. Did I mention they are blind? That’s right. Blind.
These kids have been rejected by a culture that considers them possessed by demons. They are led up the mountain by Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person to ever climb Mount Everest. He is truly an inspiration. So is blind teacher Sabriye Tenberken who set up the first blind school in Tibet for these forgotten, ridiculed children and is dramatically changing the perception of blindness in Tibet.
But it’s the kids who will really amaze you. Their stories will crush your heart and then move your soul. I wanted to applaud them. I wanted to immediately donate to Braille Without Borders. I wanted to get up out of my movie theater seat and figure out a way to change injustices in this world in a mighty, forceful way. It’s that kind of movie.
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