24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
An unusual group sets sail from St. Petersburg to Finland. The crew, which consists of vision-impaired people and people with normal eyesight, learns to work together in order to successfully complete their undertaking. The observational documentary shows the crew’s first contact with the boat, which is done by touch, and then follows their daily routine while at sea. The disinterested camera records a reality that overcomes our prejudices regarding the helplessness of blind people. The problem-free journey gives the sailors space for new sensations. Excerpts from the ship’s log show us aspects of the mission – i.e., the transformation of oneself that can change the world.
„What do you see when you cannot see? How do you interact with a world with fewer visual elements to distract you? Blind Cinema explores the realm of sightless people who sail the sea and expand the boundaries of self.” G. Glyants
When he was 17, Russian-born director Grigory Glyants (1989) emigrated to Israel, where he spent six years working at a restaurant. After returning to Russia in 2012, he studied at the Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov School of Documentary Film and Theatre in Moscow. His film None of Your Affair (2015) was shown at the Russian Open Documentary Film Festival «ArtDocFest»-2015.
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|editing:||Anna Glyants, Grigory Glyants|