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Blind Tibetan Teenagers Featured in Award-Winning Film, 'Blindsight,' Unite with Students from Junior Blind of America to Share Life Experiences
Date:2/11/2008

'Blindsight,' Produced by Robson Entertainment, Releasing Nationally in March 2008 Tells the Story of Six Blind Tibetan Teens Climbing a 23,000 Ft

Mountain in the Himalayas with Blind Climber Erik Weihenmayer

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Robson Entertainment and Junior Blind of America announced today that from February 11-21, blind teenagers featured in the award-winning documentary, "BLINDSIGHT" (opening March 2008) will travel to the United States for the first time to embark on a life-changing journey with blind students from Los Angeles.

The incredible true story of these heroic blind teenagers' climb of Lhakpa Ri continues with this visit to the States. The film's subjects have been given the opportunity to leave Tibet for the first time for this mini-tour, sponsored by Robson Entertainment and Junior Blind of America. The students will attend various events in Los Angeles and San Francisco, including: a Disneyland adventure, a Hollywood walking tour, a day at Universal Studios, a tour of Alcatraz Island and many more outdoor activities such as hang gliding and adaptive kayaking. Their American journey will continue with stops in Boston and New York.

Speaking of this significant collaboration, Junior Blind of America President and CEO, Miki Jordan, commented, "This has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these young adults to learn from each other and inspire each other, while continuing to break the barriers of vision loss."

Sybil Robson Orr of Robson Entertainment continues, "During the making of 'Blindsight,' I was astounded to hear of the bravery and courage of these teenagers. We are delighted, with the support of Junior Blind of America, to provide this opportunity to this fearless group."

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas, BLINDSIGHT follows the gripping adventure of six blind Tibetan teenagers who set out to climb the 23,000-foot Lhakpa Ri on the north side of Mount Everest. The dangerous journey soon becomes a seemingly impossible challenge -- made all the more remarkable because the teenagers are blind.

With guidance by Sabriye Tenberken (Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Time Magazine Hero of The Year), a blind educator and adventurer who established the first and only school for the blind in Tibet, the students invited the famous blind mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer to visit their school after learning about his conquest of Everest. Erik arrived in Lhasa and inspired Sabriye and her students -- Kyila, Sonam Bhumtso, Tashi, Gyenshen, Dachung and Tenzin -- to let him lead them higher than they had ever been before. The resulting 3-week journey is beyond anything they could have predicted.

ABOUT "BLINDSIGHT":

Robson Entertainment presents "Blindsight" featuring Sabriye Tenberken & Erik Weihenmayer. The film was edited by Sebastian Duthy and features original music by Nitin Sawhney. The director of photography is Petr Cikhart. The executive producer is Steven Haft, and is produced by Sybil Robson Orr. "Blindsight" was directed by Lucy Walker.

About Robson Entertainment:

BLINDSIGHT was produced by Sybil Robson Orr of Robson Entertainment. After beginning her career in the news business as a reporter and television anchor at network affiliates in the US and ABC News in Paris, Sybil Robson Orr launched a nationally syndicated consumer program for Paramount Pictures. Following a producer's deal at Universal Studios with partner Harvey Bernhard and a stint in sub-Sahara Africa shooting documentaries on the wars for independence, she established her own multi-media entertainment company, Robson Entertainment. Robson Entertainment develops, produces and finances motion pictures, television programs and documentaries from offices in Los Angeles and London. Currently on the Robson Entertainment slate is a feature film based on Sabriye Tenberken's autobiography "My Path Leads To Tibet."

About Junior Blind of America:

Junior Blind of America's mission is to help children and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled achieve independence. Junior Blind of America provides services to thousands of individuals and their families every year through programs that offer innovative and individualized methods of early-intervention therapy, education, recreation and rehabilitation. (For further information: http://www.juniorblind.org).


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