Title ID 9244Collection ID1123
TitleNew Horizons
Date[ca. 1980s]
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyInstitutionalNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
ThemeRural Life Working Life
KeywordsAnimals Buildings Charities Children Communities Dance Disabled Persons Education Ethnic Groups Farming Food Handicrafts Industry Men Rural Areas Schools Shops Villages
LocalGujarat Karnataka Dholka Mumbai
NationalIndia Asia
ProductionRoyal Commonwealth Society for the Blind
ProducerNick Barrington; John Lane; Mike Webb; Doug Woods; Bill Oxenham
Commissioning bodyRoyal Commonwealth Society for the Blind; Rotary Club of Mendip
Format16mm Colour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This colour documentary film showcases several projects by the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind and the National Association for the Blind in India, showing the rehabilitation and training of several blind men. The men are seen undertaking routine tasks that includes working on a farm, in a shop and operating light industrial machinery at a factory.


The stories of three rehabilitated men are narrated. The first is a man relearning how to fish with the help of field centre workers. The second man, a farmer, is seen working the irrigation pumps on farmland, thrashing caster oil seed by hand, followed by making rope and tending to his land. The last is a shopkeeper, rehabilitated by the RCSB and funded through a bank loan, has been able to open a second convenience store in a village having successfully completed the programme. The film later explores the wider work of the Royal Commonwealth Society of the Blind - Asia Office branch in Bombay (Mumbai), with shots of the main office space with staff working at typewriters. The sequence includes information on the open teaching programme near Dholka, where blind and sighted children are taught together in mainstream schools.

The film also highlights work on a new project in Karnataka, to assess and rehabilitate the incurably blind, or refer patients for minor surgery at a field centre to restore their sight. A group of sighted field centre workers experience life as a blind person, learning how to walk with a cane to avoid obstacles and use tactile maps and techniques to find their way around.

The film concludes with a summary sequence, showing the benefits to the participants of completing the rehabilitation programme.


A still from New Horizons (ca.1980s)A still from New Horizons (ca.1980s)