Going Blind

Going Blind

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 3:00pm

Dr. Ritch and filmmaker Joe Lovett

A filmmaker who has glaucoma investigates how people all over the country respond to vision-loss.

Going Blind, airing Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 11 and 1011), is a unique documentary film that increases public awareness of sight loss and low vision issues profoundly affecting the lives of more and more people around the world by Peabody Award winning director Joseph Lovett.

To watch this film online, visit: http://www.goingblindmovie.com/

Director Joseph Lovett has glaucoma, a disease that robs 4.5 million people worldwide of their vision. After years of slowly losing his sight, Joe decides to take action: to investigate how people all over the country respond to vision-loss.

His search begins small, with people Joe meets on the streets of his hometown New York City and gradually leads him to places and people around the country, of all different ages and backgrounds. Each has a fascinating story about dealing with the vision loss caused by sight-robbing diseases, infections and accidents. Going Blind interweaves Joe's story with that of his fellow subjects and invites us into the intimate spaces of the visually impaired and blind. As a filmmaker, Joe uses the tool he knows best to gather information, to connect with individuals and to find answers to share with the world. 

Going Blind is part of Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies. The week-long programming intiative is designed to encourage community dialogue about the abilities of people with physical and intellectual disabilities, and the importance of inclusion. Dialogue on Disability runs January 7-14, 2013.

Dialogue on Disability is made possible with support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation. To learn more about this initiative, visit: WXXI.org/dod.