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Imagine (2012)

Only available in Canada, United States

Ian arrives at a Lisbon clinic for the visually impaired to teach blind patients navigational skills. He wants to leave traditional boundaries behind and help them explore their surroundings without feeling vulnerable or frightened.

Through unconventional means, he aims to stimulate their curiosity and imaginations. Ian quickly wins their trust, prompting him to attempt challenges with a greater element of risk. However, his unusual teaching methods are not only challenging, but potentially dangerous.

Edward Hogg, Alexandra Maria Lara, Melchior Drouet, Francis Frappat
Andrzej Jakimowski
English, with some French, German and Portuguese

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denise_lagasse, posted on July 26, 2016

This film is a masterpiece in every sense. It is so incredibly riveting all the way through. I watched it several times which is not something I usually do. I especially like the last scenes where the girl perceives the ship to which the checker players are oblivious and while the credits are rolling and she slowly moves toward the teacher. It is astounding that the director and the writer were able to help us see through the eyes of the blind the vast world which we would otherwise not perceive. Very nourishing! (My name is Roger. This is my wife's Gaia account.)

baldwind, posted on June 13, 2016

This is a wonderful movie. It was dedicated to Ben Underwood who mastered active (self-generated) echolocation at a very young age. Ben tragically died in his teen years of cancer. Ben also refused to use a cane although he was slowly getting around to seeing the value of the tool. It's pretty common for brilliant blind teenagers to decide they don't need a cane. Tongue clicks do not pick up drop offs, however, so falling into holes is a real possibility. Judging the distance of moving cars is a bit of a stretch also and not recommended. Echolocation is a paradigm shift and holds great promise for providing blind individuals with an actual way to see. Daniel Kish was Ben's teacher for a while--Daniel, who is blind (CEO of World Access for the Blind) is the global expert on echolocation. If you want to know more about this revolution, Google "Daniel Kish" or look on YouTube. A great documentary was done about Ben, and Daniel has been featured in over 40 documentaries. I didn't start out with the intention of promoting my book, but much of it is about Daniel--he is a colleague and one of my best friends. The book will be available on Amazon in mid-July, 2016 if you want more details--it's called Bugs, Blindness, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The makers of this movie obviously had good consultants and the kids used were really blind and delightful to watch. The photography was excellent and the story very believable and lovely. Thanks to these film makers for their vision and talent, and to Gaia for making this available.

mnsands, posted on January 15, 2016

This is a most wonderful film.
When I was young a blind girl lived with us for a time. She used no cane, but rule sense where objects were. My parents had use pretend to be blind sometimes and my siblings and I had fun sensing objects, too. When someone lived with us who had only one leg, we got to pretend we had only one leg, too. We had a blast one built up out compassion and sensitivity, too.
This film reminds me of those days.
I will now tend to using my sense of hearing more. I'd almost forgotten.
Thank you, Gaia!!

Iadora, posted on September 5, 2015

This film was the most beautiful Spiritual film which demonstrates so graphicly the malicious attitude of those who "don't have it" toward those who do! And how tragic it is that so many of those "little minds" have been in positions of "power"! I so prefer the attitude in Bhutan where instead of the GNP as a measure of success, the National Happiness is the standard by which the government is run!

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on September 8, 2015

This film is a favorite of ours, as well. We're happy that you enjoyed it!


Christel P, posted on September 4, 2015

Possibilities are endless, if we just could see. The blind teacher represents consciousness, the sighted people the unconscious, just like in our current reality. Beautiful movie

morniengstar, posted on August 26, 2015

This movie makes me appreciate the little things in life.simplicity with love story.I appreciate it for all that it is.
: ) Good job!

t_smith9, posted on August 22, 2015

This movie made no sense what so ever. There was nothing really to explain what was going on in each scene. It was like random stuff was taking place and I had to try to figure out what was happening. I never really found an actual story to follow.
I hope, at least, that what I just said makes some sense. lol

JillianC, posted on March 13, 2016

Life doesn't make sense all the time. I mean if life is making sense all the time, then, everything is logical. reasoning more than emotional feelings . I bet we need an open mind and an open heart to understand this film . it is not any other blockbuster.

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