Films from the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind/Sightsavers about their medical and fundraising activities including medical care, special projects in developing nations and fundraising promotions on television. The collection dates from the 1960s to the 1990s.
|Collection ID||1123||Reference code||WS 091130|
|Dates||1960s - 1990s|
|Production||Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind|
|Materials||FILM 16mm Video Documentation|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Sightsavers was originally known as the British Empire Society for the Blind (BESB), later becoming the Commonwealth Society for the Blind (RCSB) in the late 1950s. The name Sighsavers was adopted after the successful BBC Blue Peter appeal of the same name in 1986. The charity has been based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex since its inception, employing the majority of its UK staff from Sussex.
For 50 years Sightsavers has been restoring sight and improving the lives of people who are blind in developing countries around the world. Founded in 1950 by Sir John Wilson (CBE), with the express aim of restoring sight, wherever possible, in Commonwealth countries. Today, Sightsavers works with partners in over 30 countries, expanding its mission to also provide services to the blind and campaign for the eradication of needless blindness.
Film has played an important part in Sightsavers' history. Since its early years, the charity has recognised the way the medium can effectively communicate its work to potential supporters, producing unique films which show life in parts of the world which many people at the time, would never had seen before. This collection includes footage of groundbreaking research in to the causes of blindness by several international eye specialists, doctors and surgeons as well as documentary evidence of the treatment, training and rehabilitation programmes in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh. A film made for the BBC's Blue Peter Appeal in 1986 is also part of the archive's collection.
Films in this collection:
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Darkness in the Sun
This colour dramatised documentary-style film highlights how communities in Nigeria view blindness and the burden the condition has on rural families. The film also explores the work undertaken by British born Ronald Babonau and his wife, via a training centre for local blind men, teaching rural crafts and agricultural techniques enabling the men to gain employment.
Eye Doctors on Safari
This colour documentary film produced by the Kenya Branch of the BESB, shows a day's work by Dr Moses Chirambo visiting several rural eye centres with Dr. Calcott during one of their surveys of eye care in Malawi, Africa. The film contains scenes of children and adults receiving treatment from eye specialists, as well as scenes of surgical procedures to remove cataracts from a patients eyes at mobile vehicles and clinics.
The Unseen Valley
This black and white documentary film highlights how communities view blindness in Luapula (now Zambia) and the traditional methods adopted to 'cure' the condition, spread by sand and the Red Measles virus. This film also explores the learning techniques adopted by blind adults and children, to enable them to go about their daily lives.
A Chance of Sight
This colour film highlights the work undertaken by the the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind in Kenya, detailing the techniques used to diagnose the root cause of blindness in the patient. It also shows the use of traditional 'Muti' and 'western' treatment methods such as spectacles, surgery and rehabilitation at a farm skills training centre. Close-ups show patients being examined and scenes of eye surgery.
Blind Farmers of the Sarawak
This colour documentary film highlights the work of the the Royal Training Centre for the Blind offering rural farm skills training to blind farmers in Kuching, Sarawak. The training is supervised by 'Ronnie Babonau' under the Freedom from Hunger campaign. Funds come from the local Sarawak association for the Blind and The Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind. The film has opening and closing titles with a voiceover narrative throughout and some music.
The Opening Door
This black and white film highlights the story of Mustafa, a blind Nigerian boy that attends an ordinary school in Kano and a project to educate village elders towards encouraging communities to adopt the use of Braille to teach children to read and write. The film has titles and credits after a long introductory sequence, and a voiceover narrative throughout.
Looking on Darkness
This colour documentary film explores the lives of blind children in Malawi and how new schemes help to provide open primary education for both blind and sighted children in the same classroom. The film also explores village life from the perspectives of blind and sighted children and follows a group of teachers as they undergo training to learn the techniques needed to teach in the open school environment. The film has opening and closing titles, music and credits.
This colour documentary film explores the work of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind in Jarigawan, India setting up eye-camps to prevent and cure different types of eye disease that causes blindness. This film includes footage of examination and treatment of patients, as well as a surgical procedure to remove cataracts. The film has opening and closing titles with full production credits and a voiceover throughout.
|Date||1973; November 1984||ID||9246|
This colour documentary film shows the work of eye-camps set up in the rural Indian community of Bhimavaram, run by the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind and several Indian and British Rotary Clubs. The film has scenes of surgical procedures and treatments being administered to patients. This film is an edited version of AID_9243 - A gift of Sight, with new colour titles.
Focus on Sight
This colour documentary film opens with titles in several languages that reads 'Focus on Sight' and highlights the impact of blindness on everyday lives. The four main major causes of blindness in Malawi are explored starting with Trachoma, Xerophthalmia, cataract and river blindness, along with the main causes of the diseases. Scenes of children and adults being examined are seen along with the symptoms of various diseases and extensive malnutrition.
Food for Sight
This colour documentary film, intended for public health workers, highlights a pioneering attempt by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and RCSB (Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind) to use nutrition to prevent Xerophthalmia in Southern India. The film shows children and babies being treated and an overview of food nutrition education for mothers at the rehabilitation centres.
The Gift of Sight
This colour documentary film shows the work of eye-camps set up in Bhimavaram, a rural community in India by the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind and several Indian and British Rotary Clubs. The film has scenes of surgical procedures and treatments being administered to patients. The film has opening titles that follow an introductory sequence, but no end credit sequence.
This colour documentary film explores the work of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind in Kenya and Malawi. It shows a mobile eye clinic; doctors using an aircraft to dispense care with 'Sight by Wings'; blind children in a rehabilitative school in Kenya; and blind workers in factories and on farms. This film includes footage of adults and children being examined and treated by physicians, including surgical procedures.
This colour documentary film showcases several projects by the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind and the National Association for the Blind in India, showing the rehabilitation and training of several blind men. The men are seen undertaking routine tasks that includes working on a farm, in a shop and operating light industrial machinery at a factory.
A for Eyesight
This colour documentary film highlights the work of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind's five year Indian campaign against Xerophthalmia (blindness caused by malnutrition) in children. This film includes footage of adults and children being examined and treated by physicians though out. This film has a voiceover narrative and music soundtrack.
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