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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Full Participation of Equality [Free Dive: A Film to Celebrate the International Year of Disabled Persons]
This colour film with dubbed English translation over a French production was created to showcase a UNESCO exhibition for the International Year of Disabled Persons in 1981. The film showcases the work of a disabled group of adults creating a film to commemorate the event, using the photographs from the exhibition and their own personal stories. This film has opening and closing titles with credits, with a dubbed English translation.
A Childâ€™s Horizon
This colour documentary style narrated film, highlights the impact blindness has on children around the world and the main causes. The film features blind children in Bangladesh, New York, India and Malawi. Children take part in music, crafts and rehabilitation exercises. The film has opening and closing titles and includes footage of children being examined and treated by physicians, with some scenes of cataract removal surgery.
Images of Africa
This colour documentary programme is presented by Michael Buerk from outside the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. The film explores the work by the International Centre for Eye Health at Tanga Hospital, Tanzania and treating a blind community from the Pokot people. Several specialists explain their work and the history of the mobile eye care units. The film has opening titles and an end Sightsavers slate. Contains scenes of surgery.
Sightsavers in Africa
This colour documentary film presented by Mark Curry from the BBC's Blue Peter programme, follows the work of the BBC Blue Peter appeal in 1986 that raised over two million pounds for the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (Sightsavers) in Africa. The film includes excerpts from the BBC programme leading into a film showing the extent of poor eye health of children in Kenya and the work being done to restore sight with money from the appeal.
A View to the Future in Bangladesh
This colour documentary showcases the charitable work by the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind in various regions of Bangladesh. The programme includes an introduction by Abu Siddique, Programme Director of the RCSB in Bangladesh. The film has a voiceover with opening and closing titles. Some scenes of treatment and surgery are shown.
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