Notes On Blindness
Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney
13 min | 2014 | UK/USA/Australia
In 1983, writer and theologian John Hull became blind. To help make sense of his loss, he began keeping an audio diary. Encompassing dreams, memories, and his imaginative life, Notes on Blindness immerses the viewer in Hull’s experiences.
Official Selection: 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 2014 SXSW Film Festival
Directed by Jordan Campbell
37 min | 2013 | USA
A touching story about Dr. Geoff Tabin’s and Dr. Alan Crandall’s five-day mission to deliver eye care to a remote and war-torn region of South Sudan—the world’s newest country. The two eye-surgeons, along with John Dau, one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan, embark on a humanitarian expedition to restore sight at Dau’s Lost Boys clinic.
Winner: Moving Mountains Prize—2013 MountainFilm Telluride, Indomitable Spirit Award—2013 MountainFilm Telluride; Official Selection: 2013 United Nations Association Film Festival
Post film discussion: Michael Yei will discuss the global burden of blindness and its impact on communities and individuals. Dr. Crandall will talk about the causes and treatment of blindness and the work the Moran Eye Center’s Outreach Division is doing do help end preventable, curable blindness around the world.
Dr. Alan Crandall, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Utah. He completed his surgical internship, residency and fellowship in ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He joined the University of Utah Ophthalmology Department in 1981 and serves as the John A. Moran Presidential Professor and Senior Vice-Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. In addition, he is the Co-Director of the Moran Eye Center International Division. Dr. Crandall started his humanitarian work in Ghana in 1996 and has since traveled to more than 25 countries teaching cataract and glaucoma surgery.
Michael Yei, is the Manager of the International and Domestic Outreach Division at The John A. Moran Eye Center, whose mission is to eliminate reversible and preventable blindness. Outreach Division physicians perform sight restoring surgeries, help communities create sustainable eye care delivery systems, and train promising ophthalmologists from developing areas. Michael has led Moran’s work internationally in South Sudan, Micronesia, Guatemala, among other countries, and locally on the Navajo Nation and in Salt Lake City.