Screening of film about kayaking the Colorado will benefit visually impaired Vermonters

BRATTLEBORO — On Saturday, March 14, the award-winning movie The Weight of Water will be shown at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro at 4 p.m. to benefit the work of the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The film will be shown with audio description so that audience members can learn how those who are blind and visually impaired can attend and appreciate movies.

“There's nothing like seeing the Grand Canyon in person, but seeing it on the big screen is the next best thing,” according to a news release. “Seeing it and understanding what it would be like to kayak the white waters of the Colorado River with no sight at all is what this movie is all about.”

Erik Weihenmayer may be best known for being the first blind man to summit Everest, but he has been finding that edge ever since.

Weihenmayer writes on his website that “as a blind adventurer, I have been lucky to experience a life of meaning and purpose - of breaking through barriers. After I had safely come down from the summit of Mt. Everest in 2001, becoming the first blind person to reach the highest peak in the world, my team leader told me something that would change the course of my life: 'Don't make Everest the greatest thing you ever do.'”

He said that these words struck home, and he has spent the past 16 years trying to live up to that challenge by climbing the tallest peak on each continent; kayaking the Grand Canyon; authoring three books; and starting a nonprofit movement called No Barriers.

There will be a chance to ask questions after the movie, and information about the services provided by the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, founded in 1926 with the help of Helen Keller, will be available. For more information, call 802-254-8761.

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