The National Federation for the Blind announced today that it will screen the new documentary film about blind teens, Do You Dream in Color?, at the Peale Center on November 1, 2017 from 6-8pm. The film aims to inspire and increase understanding among educators and the public about how blind teens are confronting and overcoming discrimination. The screening of the critically acclaimed documentary is free and open to the public.
Connor wants to be a sponsored skateboarder. Sarah wants to travel the world. Nick dreams of being a rock star. Carina wants to be the first member of her family to graduate high school.
These four teenagers are each trying to achieve their dreams. But they face an additional challenge: they are blind.
The documentary depicts the problems that blind students experience in public schools and other challenges that they face due to low expectations and misconceptions about blindness.
“Watching this film made me more determined to fight for blind kids, like my own, against a public education system that too often fails them,” said Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “The National Federation of the Blind believes that the stories told in this film will spark discussion and enhance understanding of the true challenges faced by the blind, as well as demonstrating that blindness itself is not the characteristic that defines an individual or his or her future.”
“As the first museum purpose-built in the United States and the first public high school for African Americans in Baltimore, the Peale has a long history of advocating and working for inclusive education,” said Dr. Nancy Proctor, Executive Director of the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture. “Accessibility is at the heart of the current renovation of our historic building, and we are honored to have this chance to host Do You Dream in Color? and support the NFB’s call for equal opportunities for all students to pursue their dreams.”
A town-hall-style discussion with audience questions answered by local blind individuals will follow the showing of the film, and the National Federation of the Blind will give a presentation on resources available to families with blind youth.
Awards and Praise
- 2017 National Federation of the Blind Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award, Top Prize
- Official Selection, Dallas International Film Festival
- Audience Choice Award, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
- Advocacy Award, Superfest: International Disability Film Festival
- “powerfully human” — Truth on Cinema
- “a film that will touch your head and your heart” — Unseen Films
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)