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Blindsight Review

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Six blind Tibetan teenagers climb the Lhakpa-Ri peak of Mount Everest, led by seven-summit blind mountain-climber Erik Weihenmayer.

★★★★

Did you hear the one about the blind mountain-climber? He conquered Everest, and then returned to help six blind Tibetan teens climb the mountain next door. It’s not much of a punchline for the bad-joke premise, but as a portrayal of sheer guts, this is astonishing: imagine traversing a snowy crevice on a shaky ladder. Now imagine doing it blind. Veteran climber Erik Weihenmayer did just that, but it’s his scheme to lead a bunch of teenagers in his footsteps that’s astounding. In Tibet, blindness is seen as a curse, but these kids learn to see past their society’s limitations, and every triumph and crisis along the way spurs them on. Uplifting but never mawkish, and gorgeously shot.

Uplifting but never mawkish, and gorgeously shot.