Notes on Blindness is new to order

24th October, 2016

New on DVD this week is Notes on Blindness, a thoughtful documentary charting one man's experience of going blind, based on a multi-award winning short of the same name.

Also released is The Idol, a Palestinian drama in which a musical young boy growing up in Gaza finds himself thrust into the limelight of the nation's biggest reality TV show.

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Notes on BlindnessNotes on Blindness U (14+)

Duration: 90mins
Year: 2016
Director(s): Pete Middleton, James Spinney

Having lost his sight in 1983, just before the birth of his son, theologian John Hull began recording his experiences of blindness on a tape recorder. Lip-syncing his voice from the tapes to reenacted scenes of his day-to-day life and staging the vivid dreams he began to have, the filmmakers have created an absorbing documentary that explores a very personal experience of blindness. A poetic rather than a literal document of Hull’s symptoms, the film provides a uniquely visual representation of what happens when a person loses their sight.

Related Films: The Miracle Worker, The Arbor, The Possibilities are Endless

The IdolThe Idol PG (7+)

Duration: 99mins
Year: 2015
Director(s)Hany Abu-Assad
CastTawfeek BarhomAhmed Al RokhHiba AttalahKais AttalahAbdel Kareem BarakehEyad Hourani

Mohammed Assaf is a young boy growing up in turbulent Gaza, performing in a band alongside his sister Nour and their two friends. As they collectively grow to appreciate the vocal talents of Mohammed, the quartet begin to take music more seriously and are soon playing at weddings. Suddenly, tragedy strikes, throwing Mohammed’s plans into disarray, until one day – years later – he is given the opportunity to perform on the region’s biggest reality TV competition. Desperate to make an impact, Mohammed knows this is his chance to make a name for himself and change his life forever.

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