Title ID 9233Collection ID1123
TitleA Chance of Sight
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyInstitutionalNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsBuildings Charities Children Communities Disabled Persons Ethnic Groups Games Health Services Passenger Vehicles Rural Areas
NationalKenya Africa
ProductionSamaritan Films
ProducerSamaritan Films
Commissioning bodyRoyal Commonwealth Society for the Blind
Funding bodyRoyal Commonwealth Society for the Blind
DistributorConcord Films Council
Format16mm Colour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


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.


The film explores the setting up of some early field centres or mobile clinics in rural villages for local community use and the retraining of tribe elders and healers into not using local or traditional 'Muti' remedies that can cause more harm than cure for the patients. Groups of older people gather at a field medical clinic to wait for treatment by a western physician. Close-ups follow of the patients being examined by a physician, with scenes of an eye operation taking place on a patient to remove cataracts.

Views of a Salvation Army training centre are accompanied by highlights of a community group learning traditional farm skills, and a group of young people singing together and playing games in the centre's grounds.

The film has opening titles, music and a voice over narrative throughout.


A still from 'A Chance of Sight' (1963)

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A Chance of Sight (1963)

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