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  • Summary: A 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 school for the blind in Lhasa, 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. (Robson Entertainment)
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  1. Featuring exceptional people doing extraordinary things, Blindsight is one of those documentaries with the power to make you re-examine your entire life -- or at least get off the couch.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Raises important questions that resonate far beyond the subject at hand: What is the meaning of accomplishment, and how do you define triumph?
  3. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Their story is deeply involving, all the more so because it isn’t simple or straightforward.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    The movie is about hope and courage and fortitude. It's about beating the odds and defying expectations. But Lucy Walker's movie is also about whether the trip was a good idea in the first place. The answer is compellingly complicated.
  5. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    The deceptively complex picture gradually grows sharp edges and snowballs into a compelling study in culture clash, with spectacular scenery to boot.
  6. Spiritually aware documentary.
  7. The kids are impressively plucky, but Weihenmayer comes off as an egomaniac, arguing with his team and endangering the youngsters' lives. Lucy Walker directed this cloying and manipulative 2006 documentary.

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