Blindsight (PG)

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The Independent Culture

Erik Weihenmayer is a blind American mountaineer who not only conquered Everest, but gathered a group of blind Tibetan children to climb a neighbouring Himalayan peak, the point being not the conquest itself but the team spirit and self-esteem it would foster.

The children's guardian is an equally remarkable German woman, also blind, who knows what her charges have suffered: in Tibet, the blind are considered possessed by demons. How they managed the trek defies belief, but in an art-form where superpowers have become passé, it's a stirring reminder of what human powers, against the odds, can achieve.