Detail

Title ID 9243Collection ID1123
TitleThe Gift of Sight
Date1979
CollectionSightsavers
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyInstitutionalNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsBuildings Charities Children Communities Disabled Persons Ethnic Groups Food Health Services Hospitals Rural Areas Urban Areas Villages Women National Dress
Location
LocalMumbai Bhimavaram Karjat Rajasthan
NationalAsia India
Credits
ProductionRotary Club of Mendip, District 120
Commissioning bodyRoyal Commonwealth Society for the Blind
Funding bodyRoyal Commonwealth Society for the Blind; Rotary Club of Mendip, District 120
NarratorUnknown
MusicUnknown
Format16mm Colour Sound
Duration00:15:02:16
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

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.

Description

The film shows patients standing in a line outside the unit waiting to be seen, and shots of an operating theatre being prepared to accept patients for cataract surgery. The scene includes shots of a surgical procedure to remove cataracts from a patients eyes and the patient in a recovery ward, having received treatment for an eye infection. Several close-ups of posters and signs, written in Hindi Sanskrit, advertise the eye centres and treatments available. This is followed by shots of newspaper cuttings in English about the RCSB work in the region.

The film also highlights the palliative care received by patients from volunteers through Rotary clubs and the RCSB such as free food and clean water, treatment of infections, changing eye dressings and being fitted with spectacles.

The film concludes with the development of another eye centre in a district of Rajasthan, supported by the Rotary Club and RCSB. The film has opening titles that follow an introductory sequence but no end credit sequence. (An edited version of this film with updated titles is available on TID_9246 - Europe Pictorial).

Stills

A still from The Gift of Sight (1979)A still from The Gift of Sight (1979)