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Blindspot

35 minutes

(female) I never thought about what drew us together.

(female) I never thought about what drew us together. We just clicked somehow. We just clicked somehow.

(male) Yeah, we just got along.

(male) Yeah, we just got along.

(female) I don't see it. Do you?

(female) I don't see it. Do you? It's farther down, right? It's farther down, right? Wait, it's coming. It's coming. Wait, it's coming. It's coming. See, that's why I like my cane. It's focused. See, that's why I like my cane. It's focused. The first book you lent me was The first book you lent me was an R.L. Stine book. an R.L. Stine book. I came up with one of those jokes. I came up with one of those jokes. What kind of flower likes to kiss? Tulips. What kind of flower likes to kiss? Tulips. It's still not funny after all these years. It's still not funny after all these years.

(male) I like the city more because it's more noise,

(male) I like the city more because it's more noise, more people around. more people around. When you're here, if you're lost, When you're here, if you're lost, you're pretty much lost. you're pretty much lost. I don't believe in the word "race." I don't believe in the word "race." Race is--it's like we're different species. Race is--it's like we're different species. We're not species. We're all people. We're not species. We're all people.

(female) I'm an academic,

(female) I'm an academic, so I'd like to go as high as I possibly can. so I'd like to go as high as I possibly can. If I'm with someone, people will talk to them If I'm with someone, people will talk to them instead of me, like I'm standing right there. instead of me, like I'm standing right there. Why can't you talk to me? Why can't you talk to me? Audio is visual for me, you know? Audio is visual for me, you know? My ears are my eyes. My ears are my eyes. In my household, blindness doesn't exist. In my household, blindness doesn't exist.

(male) I had to fight for my independence

(male) I had to fight for my independence and fight for what I wanted to do. and fight for what I wanted to do. And I still have that fighting spirit. And I still have that fighting spirit. I don't speak for all blind people. I don't speak for all blind people. Me, I'm just speaking for Jamil Zuleta. Me, I'm just speaking for Jamil Zuleta.

(female) I would like to be known as Tamesha, not that blind girl.

(female) I would like to be known as Tamesha, not that blind girl.

(Jamil) We're just like anybody else.

(Jamil) We're just like anybody else.

(Tamesha) Regular young people.

(Tamesha) Regular young people.

♪ Here I stand and when I fall ♪

♪ Here I stand and when I fall ♪

♪ You hold me just like a wall ♪

♪ You hold me just like a wall ♪

♪ Your love is so unique You knock me off my feet ♪♪

♪ Your love is so unique You knock me off my feet ♪♪

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The Big Apple--packed sidewalks, crowded subways, speeding taxis--millions of people racing in a million different directions, all at once. Getting around can be a physical and mental challenge even for the average person. Now close your eyes. This production is a documentary about friendship, love, adventure, and discovery. It's an intimate portrait of two young blind New Yorkers who daily embrace this city. Jamil (26) and Tamesha (24) met in fourth grade. Aided by Jamil's guide dog, they demonstrate everyday courage in a city that often doesn't "see" them. The co-directors, Amy Sewell and Catherine Fenton, call this film a "visual poem, not a pamphlet" and refer to Stevie Wonder's words that "just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision."

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    Christine D. (Manchester, NH)
    March 12th, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Great to have these types of videos that helps VI young people and adults to know they are not alone with these issues. It also enables the sighted to understand issues that emerging adults have in entering the workforce, gaining independence and they just want to be given a chance. Thank you!