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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Independent Lens Film The Eyes of Me Will Be Screened at the Overbrook School for the Blind






Is there such a word as a documentary-phobe? What do you called someone who absolutely hates documentaries? A year or so ago, you could have called that someone me. But, I must say, I have seen some moving documentaries that have captured my attention and made me care about the theme or subject of the film.

I am a big fan of the PBS series Independent Lens, which showcases documentaries that explore incredibly interesting subject matters. I especially like seeing these films not on television , but as part of the Community Cinema project. This is a program that features Independent Lens films at a community venue. Every month between September and May, Community Cinema brings together organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s social issues.

Tomorrow, Community Cinema comes to my neighborhood and will feature a documentary called The Eyes of Me by Keith Maitland. How do you see yourself when you can’t see at all? We all know how difficult it is to be a teenager, but how about if you are a blind teenager. The Eyes of Me follows
four blind teens from the Texas School for the Blind as they learn how to fit in and live independently. Forced to confront the world without sight, they share their inner-visions of the outer world.

A panel discussion will follow the film with students and alumni from Overbrook School for the Blind and advocates from Liberty Resources, Inc., and the Center for Independent Living in Philadelphia. The discussion will be moderated by Bill Chrisner, of the Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights (PAIR) program at the Disability Rights Network of PA.

Come out and see this documentary with your parents and friends. Let’s hear your ideas and insights.

The screening of The Eyes of Me will be:
Wednesday February 24th, 2010

7:00PM - 9:00PM
Hosted by Overbrook School for the Blind
6333 Malvern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151
Free parking in school lot. Wheelchair accessible.

This film is closed-captioned and audio description is available.
To RSVP and to request audio description, go to
whyy.org/memberexperienceor call (215) 877-0313 x405.

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