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Country: United Kingdom

Director: Lucy Walker

Topic: Blind mountaineer Eric Weihenmayer leads an expedition of six blind Tibetan teenagers to a peak close to Mt. Everest, accompanied by a mountaineering team and the teens’ blind teacher.

Financing: Private financing obtained through a London-based production company

Budget: N/A

Shooting format: HD Panasonic VeriCam.

Why it stands out: In addition to capturing stunning footage of China’s Himalayas and remote Tibet, Walker (“Devil’s Playground”) introduces two dynamic personalities — Weihenmayer (the only blind person to summit Everest) and Sabriye Tenberken, founder of a Tibetan school for the blind.

Even more remarkable than the film crew’s work in exceptionally adverse high-altitude conditions is the resilience of the impoverished Tibetan teens, who are ostracized amid superstition at home regarding their blindness.

Memorable scene: Tenberken’s imaginative and compelling voiceover describes the tactile sensations encountered by her and the teens as they explore a mountainous ice palace, which becomes the expedition’s true blind summit.

Distribution status: TBD.

On the making of the film: “There’s so much suffering and prejudice in the world in need of dissolving; their plight reminds me of the value of the work of Eric and Sabriye in changing people’s attitudes,” Walker notes.