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Film: Notes On Blindness


Tuesday January 10, 2017: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


Do not miss this extraordinary new film, named this year’s Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards.

Following the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work, both affecting and innovative – and one of the most essential documentaries of the year. Since premiering at Sundance in January, the film has played at over 30 international film festivals and was nominated for six British Independent Film Awards, including Best British Film and Best Director.

In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. After losing sight, John knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness.

Published in 1990, under the title “Touching the Rock,” the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, “A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.”

John’s original diaries and home recordings have never before been heard in public, lying undisturbed on a shelf in John’s study for over quarter of a century.