Blind Tibetan Teenagers Featured in Award-Winning Film, 'Blindsight

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Blind Tibetan Teenagers Featured in Award-Winning Film, 'Blindsight

LOS ANGELES -- 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 

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:

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