Title ID 9239Collection ID1123
TitleFood for Sight
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyInstitutionalNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsCharities Children Communities Disabled Persons Education Family Health Services Hospitals Mothers Rural Areas Villages Women National Dress
LocalMadauri Tamil Nadu
NationalIndia Asia
ProductionWorld Health Organisation
CameraE.N. Balakrishnan (SICA)
DirectorNedd Willard
ProducerWorld Health Organisation; International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
Commissioning bodyRoyal Commonwealth Society for the Blind; Films Division - Government of India, New Delhi; Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre, Madurai
EditorN.C. Rajan
WriterNedd Willard
NarratorSir John Wilson (CBE)
SoundC.D. Viswanath
MusicG.K. Raghu
Format16mm Colour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


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 film shows children and babies with the condition, being treated with doses of vitamin A. Mothers are also taught how to source the correct locally grown plants and food and take classes in food nutrition at the rehabilitation centres. The film also states that breast feeding is a good way to start babies off with good amounts of vitamin A, which must then be supplemented by solid food and green foodstuffs in the daily diet for both mother and baby. The film concludes with a summary of the need to save the sight of children, before blindness effects them forever.

The film has opening and closing titles with credits and a voice over narrative throughout provided by Sir John Wilson (CBE).


A still from Focus on Sight (1978)A still from Focus on Sight (1978)

Contextual information

This film was awarded the British Life Assurance Trust (BLAT) Certificate of Educational Commendation.