Blind Teens Fight Challenges in New Documentary
National Federation of the Blind Promotes Film to Increase Understanding Among Educators and Public
Baltimore, Maryland (October 25, 2017): Connor wants to be a sponsored skateboarder. Sarah wants to travel the world. Nick dreams of being a rock star. Carina wants to be the first member of her family to graduate high school.
These four teenagers are each trying to achieve their dreams. But they face an additional challenge: they are blind.
Blind people of all ages, their families, educators, and others who face discrimination based on low expectations will learn from these inspiring young people and their stories in Do You Dream in Color?, a new, critically acclaimed documentary. The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland Greater Baltimore chapter in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center and the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will host a screening of the film. The event will take place on November 4, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (415 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201). The screening is free and open to the public. The documentary depicts the problems that blind students experience in public schools and other challenges that they face due to low expectations and misconceptions about blindness. A town-hall-style discussion with audience questions answered by local blind individuals will follow the showing of the film, and the National Federation of the Blind will give a presentation on resources available to families with blind youth.
Awards and Praise
- 2017 National Federation of the Blind Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award, Top Prize
- Official Selection, Dallas International Film Festival
- Audience Choice Award, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
- Advocacy Award, Superfest: International Disability Film Festival
- “powerfully human" -- Truth on Cinema
- "a film that will touch your head and your heart" -- Unseen Films
“Watching this film made me more determined to fight for blind kids, like my own, against a public education system that too often fails them,” said Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “The National Federation of the Blind believes that the stories told in this film will spark discussion and enhance understanding of the true challenges faced by the blind, as well as demonstrating that blindness itself is not the characteristic that defines an individual or his or her future."