[AI] CONFRONTED BY A MOUNTAIN

mufazal munshi mufshi at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 25 08:27:03 EDT 2008


if there could be a way by which the described film could be featured in a 
cinema hall open to all and jointly afforded by viewers at each city it 
would be an idea to be considered by all our AI members.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sanjay" <ilovecold at gmail.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 10:35 PM
Subject: [AI] CONFRONTED BY A MOUNTAIN


> CONFRONTED BY A MOUNTAIN
> by Ronald E. Milliman
>
> What does a blind person do when confronted by a mountain? For Erik
> Weihenmayer, the answer is very simple: "You just climb it!" Erik lost his
> sight at
> age 13, but with the support of his parents, he has become the first, and
> only, blind person to scale the highest mountains on all seven continents.
> In
> 1985, Erik learned to climb at a summer camp for the blind, and he has 
> been
> climbing ever since.
>
> In 1995, Erik reached the peak of Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska, and 
> in
> 1996, he scaled the top of California's El Capitan. Then, in 1997, he
> accomplished
> the greatest feat of all by getting married to his wife, Ellen Reeve, on
> Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania! Later, in 1997, Erik reached the zenith of
> Mount
> Kilimanjaro. He climbed to the peak of Argentina's Aconcagua in 1999 and 
> to
> the top of Canada's Polar Circus in 2000. Later that same year, he 
> conquered
> Nepal's Ama Dablam as a part of his training for the Everest climb. In 
> March
> 2001, Erik began his Mount Everest expedition and completed that feat of
> topping
> Mount Everest on May 25. He tackled and conquered Russia's Mount Elbrus in
> 2002, and later that same year, he scaled Australia's Mount Kosciusko. 
> More
> recently, in 2006, he went to Africa to complete an expedition that took 
> him
> and his mountain- climbing team to the top of 17,300-foot Mount Kenya.
>
> Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Erik about his latest 
> excursion
> to Tibet where he and a group of six blind teenagers scaled Mount Everest.
> They climbed to a height of over 21,000 feet. The accomplishment is 
> captured
> by his latest documentary, "BlindSight." The movie is set against the
> breathtaking
> backdrop of the Himalayas, and follows the riveting adventure of Erik, his
> team of specialists, and six Tibetan teens who set out to climb the
> 23,000-foot
> Lhakpa Ri on the north side of Mount Everest. The movie fully describes 
> how
> Erik and his team went to Tibet to visit a school for the blind and
> recruited
> a group of six teenagers who wanted, and were willing, to attempt to scale
> Mount Everest with Erik's tutelage.
>
> "BlindSight" was released last month and is fully audio described. I had 
> the
> pleasure of previewing the movie and found it fascinating. It reveals how
> Erik
> was invited to the school for the blind in Tibet by the school's students
> and creator, Sabriye Tenberken, who is also a blind educator. Sabriye is
> from
> Germany, where she tried to join Germany's equivalent of the Peace Corps
> when she turned 18, and was rejected because of her blindness. She 
> migrated
> on
> her own from Germany to Tibet, where she went from village to village
> locating blind children. She then established a school for the blind, and
> taught
> them how to read and write braille.
>
> The movie delineates the extraordinary challenges and tribulations faced 
> by
> the six teens, including how one of them had been sold by his parents to
> become
> a beggar on the streets and eventually ended up at the Tibetan school for
> the blind. Believed by many Tibetans to be possessed by demons, the blind
> children
> are shunned by their relatives and villagers, and generally rejected by 
> the
> society in which they live. "BlindSight" depicts how these six teenagers
> are,
> literally, rescued by Sabriye Tenberken, and shown how to achieve their
> tallest challenges by Erik and his team of expert mountain climbers.
>
> Climbing tall mountains isn't the only thing Erik does. He is also a
> long-distance cyclist, skydiver, accomplished snow skier, a marathon 
> runner,
> former
> middle-school teacher, wrestling coach, and author of two books. His
> mountain-climbing adventures are also featured in another documentary,
> "Farther than
> the Eye Can See" (2003).
>
> I urge you to make an effort to see this movie. I believe you will enjoy 
> it
> as much as I did, especially since it is audio-described. Watch for it in
> your
> area, and if there is a theater near you that has descriptive audio
> capability, contact them and ask if they will show the movie. This could
> also be an
> excellent documentary for universities and colleges to show as a part of
> their various diversity programs. Theaters interested in showing this 
> movie
> should
> contact Richard Abramowitz at (914) 273-9545 or e-mail him at
> abramorama at aol.com.
>
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