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THE END OF BLINDESS – Interview With Director A.J. Martinson

Jordan-Luke McDonald talks to director A.J. Martinson about his debut feature documentary, The End of Blindness.

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The End of Blindness

There is a crisis in Ethiopia. With over four million cases of visual impairment, it has one of the highest rates of blindness in Africa. Over a million people live without sight. In fact, it has one of the highest rates of blindness on the continent.

But one man is fighting to change that.

The End of Blindness tells the incredible true story of Dr. Samuel Bora, the only ophthalmologist for over 3 million people in rural Ethiopia who provides free cataract surgery to the blind poor.

Dedicating his life to serving the poor in his country, Dr. Samuel performs up to 60 surgeries a day for those who would otherwise be forgotten.

Step inside the operating room and witness the powerful impact a single surgeon can have on the lives of thousands of people, from children with cataracts to a blind mother who has never seen her son.

Take a look at the trailer in the player below:

Jordan-Luke McDonald speaks with writer-director A.J. Martinson about the production of the film, from its origins as a short promotional video for a non-profit organisation to the precision of Dr. Samuel Bora not only with his surgery but also his coffee!

“His story just completely captivated and inspired me when I met him. I realised after about 10 minutes of talking to him that this wasn’t a two-minute promotional piece; this was a full-length feature documentary that the world needed to see.”

The End of Blindness will be available on VOD on November 16 from Passion River Films and DVD in early 2022.

The full interview is available to listen to in the player below. You can also find it available on all major podcast platforms.


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