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Sophie Harris
Vermilion Films
820 N River St, Suite 201
Portland, OR 97227
USA

Mobile: (917) 494-7881
Email: sophie@vermilionpictures.com

 

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LOGLINE

A JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS TO SIGHT

 

THE STORY

(full synopsis)

Living for decades under the Himalayan sun, their eyes have slowly turned milky white. Their luminous cataracts belie the blindness, the utter darkness, that envelops Manisara and Durga. Filmed over three days, Open Your Eyes follows their extraordinary three-day journey down the mountain to see again.

“A blind man is a mouth without hands,” goes an old Nepali saying. Married for more than 50 years and living in the foothills of Nepal, they are no longer the industrious farmers they once were. Manisara peels turmeric root most days and Durga can’t navigate the warren of pathways around him nor can he feed his animals. They feel dependent on their family for even the most basic needs. There are no cars to transport them. Life has become static.

A team of Nepali eye specialists combing the mountainside find them and urge them to come to the city for a chance to see again. A surgeon has come from Kathmandu, and the surgery is free. But the taste of defeat and growing old has made Manisara skeptical. And besides, who would even carry her down the mountain?

Their youngest granddaughter plops herself in Manisara’s lap, and her grandmother starts running her hands over the little girl’s feet, her legs, her nose. Is she like me? Touching the child, Manisara connects her past to her future.

Manisara and Durga are finally convinced. They set out for the eye hospital, tripping over goats and stones as they go, towards the distant city. They are carried, guided and then driven on a bewildering odyssey to restore their sight.

They arrive at the hospital and hear scores of other patients also waiting. Everyone has come for a miracle.

 

PRODUCTION CREDITS

directed by
Irene Taylor Brodsky

 

producer
Larry Brilliant

 

original score by
Salman Ahmad

 

“Open Your Eyes” song by
Salman Ahmad
with guest vocalist
Peter Gabriel

 

produced by
Irene Taylor Brodsky
Sophie Harris

 

edited by
Irene Taylor Brodsky
Jeffrey Friedman

 

director of photography
Irene Taylor Brodsky

 

A very special thanks to SEVA FOUNDATION for continuing their pioneering eye work around the world.

 

featuring
Durga Singh Gaha
Manisara Gaha
Gauri Gaha
Govinda Gaha
Jhimisara Gaha
Dr. Nanda Gurung
Sambhu Prasad Acharya
Sayera Begam

 

this film could not have been made without help from
Mikail Davenport
So-Hum Foundation
Walter Parkes

 

additional thanks
Aravind Eye Care System
Jack Blanks
Girija Brilliant
Matthew Brodsky
Hira Lala Dhami
Suzanne Gilbert
Tom Grant
Wavy Gravy
David Green
Kerry Kaplan
Thomas Kelley
Lakaul Eye Hospital
Lumbini Eye Hospital
Gladys Mae Murphy
Jahanara Romney
Scott Ray Becker
Nepal Netra Jyothi Sangh
Mark Smolinski
Jeffrey Tuchman
Maria Valenzuela

 

sound mix and design
Lance Limbocker

 

additional photography by
Sagar Maharjan

 

assistant editors
Emily Von W. Gilbert
Fred Kolouch

 

musicians
Salman Ahmad
Peter Gabriel
Brian O’Connell
Ashiq Ali Mir
Saleem Khan
Sherjan Ahmad
Imraan Khan Ahmad
John Alec
Shehzad Hasan

 

vocals
Peter Gabriel
Salman Ahmad
Shubha Mudgal

 

field audio
Irene Taylor Brodsky
Sagar Maharjan

 

translation
Sagar Maharjan
Chundak Tenzing
Stuty Maskey

 

graphics & text design
Snow Dowd

 

sound mix & Design Assistant
Zain Jafari

 

music recording, production & mastering engineer
John Alec, Grandview Studios

 

music recording engineers
Richard Chappell
Tanay Gajjar
Iqbal Asif
Shehzad Hasan

 

music recording, mixing & pre-production assistants
Sherjan Ahmad
Imraan Khan Ahmad
Junoon Music Management
Samina Ahmad

 

post production facility
Mission Control

 

colorist
Jalal Jemison

 

online editor
William Schultz

 

All songs published by Nameless Sufi Music
(P) © 2015, Tappan, New York.

 

legal services
Linda Lichter and Jeff Springer
Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc.

 

In the Spring of 2015, Durga and Manisara lost their house in a series of earthquakes that devastated Nepal.

This film is dedicated to the people of Nepal now rebuilding their lives.

 

special thanks
Peter Gabriel

 

executive producer for HBO Documentary Films
Laurene Powell Jobs

 

senior producer for HBO Documentary Films
Sara Bernstein

 

executive producer for HBO Documentary Films
Sheila Nevins

 

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