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Bards & Storytellers: Blind Faith

We work every day to empower people who are blind or visually impaired by providing products and resources for lifelong success. Despite these efforts, a large part of the public still believes that a diagnosis of blindness ends any possibility of leading a full, rewarding life. They seem surprised when they learn that people who are blind can go to work, live alone, go to restaurants and movies – in other words, do what people who are sighted do.

We want to dispel these myths.

How can we build empathy for people living with blindness and visual impairments without underestimating and stereotyping people living with disabilities?

On Saturday, August 24, at 1 p.m., The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind is screening the documentary “Blind Faith,” which takes on that task.

For fourteen years, New York-based filmmaker Isabel Hill followed David, a young businessman, with her camera, documenting how he was coping with slowly losing his vision. The story begins with David’s marriage and concludes with the loss of his last experiences of sight.

The relationship between David and his daughter Anna is central to the story. What it is like to be a parent who is blind? What is it like to have a blind parent? What do you do when your child holds out her hands for a hug – and you don’t know?

The documentary also shows how independence and dependence comingle in a marriage in which one partner has a disability. Being a father and a husband forces David to confront his blindness in ways he never imagined.

For people who are blind or visually impaired, David’s journey is a recognizable portrayal of their own complicated reality. Audiences who are sighted will enter into an unknown world. David’s story makes the challenges of blindness and its possibilities poignantly visible to all.

Filmmaker, Isabel Hill, be at the screening to introduce the film and to moderate a post-show discussion.

 

Interested in attending our event?

Filmmaker Isabel Hill will be at the screening to introduce the film and to moderate a post-show discussion.

Admission is free but reservations are required. Please call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org.

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