|Title ID||9243||Collection ID||1123|
|Title||The Gift of Sight|
|Keywords||Buildings Charities Children Communities Disabled Persons Ethnic Groups Food Health Services Hospitals Rural Areas Urban Areas Villages Women National Dress|
|Format||16mm Colour Sound|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
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.
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).