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Science Movie Night: Notes on Blindness and Duk County

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 7:00pm
The City Library - 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah

This Science Movie Night will include two short films, Notes on Blindness and Duk County.

Notes on Blindness was an offical selection at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. 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 experience of blindness.

Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney 
Not rated | 13 min.  | 2014 | U.K./U.S./Aus

Duk County, which won two awards  at its world premiere at Telluride MountainFilm 2013,  is a moving story about a bold, five-day mission to deliver eye care in a remote and wartorn region of South Sudan - the world's newest country. It chronicles the miraculous work of Dr. Geoff Tabin and Dr. Alan Crandall; two eye surgeons committed to eradicating preventable blindness in Africa, and John Dau, one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan and a visionary for peace in South Sudan's precarious new independence.

Directed by Jordan Campbell
Not rated | 36 min.  | 2013 | U.S./ Sudan

After these two films, Michael Yei, the Manager of the International and Domestic Outreach Division at The John A. Moran Eye Center, will discuss the global burden of blindness and its impact on communities and individuals. Dr. Alan Crandall, M.D., the John A. Moran Presidential Professor and Senior Vice-Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 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. 

 


Science Movie Night is presented by the Natural History Museum of Utah in partnership with the Utah Film Center.
We thank the Salt Lake City Public Library, our presenting sponsor.
This event is free and open to the public.