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We Can't See You Beating Us

“We Can’t See You Beating Us” provides a new look at how the sightless can communicate their emotions, their struggles, their vision of life to each other – and to us. As spectators, we are given an inside look at what it really means to experience the loss of one’s sight and how to use the power of the mind to overcome barriers of misunderstanding and prejudice in order to lead successful lives despite seemingly insuperable obstacles. At times joyful and sad, factual and emotional, yet always inspirational and visionary, this documentary details four common individuals’ uncommon achievement: recording their personal lives and compelling stories then sharing them with us through the medium of the camera lens.

The film-maker, Adelina Suvagau, achieves a unique feat among producers: she surrenders control of the camera to the visually impaired subjects managing to combine their images into a taught, tense, powerful story of struggle, redemption and hope where the irrepressible spirit of the four protagonists triumphs over the obstacles and adversities dealt to them by life. By re-presenting the story of Linda, David, Yvonne and Jim as seen through these four blind protagonists’ very own camera lenses, Ms. Suvagau directs the spotlight on a community which still suffers from misunderstanding and discrimination. With this documentary, she succeeds brilliantly in her main objective: allowing the actors themselves to project their own vision of the world. By portraying how four blind individuals overcome the adversities of fate and become producers of the moving image, “We Can’t See You Beating Us” makes a significant contribution in opening new venues of expression and artistic development until now largely denied to sight-less individuals.

We Can’t See You Beating Us (English with Chinese subtitles)

We Can’t See You Beating Us is the story of four people who lost their sight during early adulthood. They found a dragon boat team named Eye of the Dragon in Vancouver made up of blind and sighted individuals.

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