More than half of the world’s preventable blindness is caused by cataract disease, a clouding of the clear lens of the eye. In developing countries like Nepal, it is not only a personal tragedy, but can devastate the economy of entire communities. Fortunately, it is also easy to cure. Cataract surgery is one of the most effective medical interventions on earth, but until recently it was considered too expensive to provide to the rural poor. Most of the world’s blind people live in remote, impoverished areas. The majority of doctors able to cure them work in cities. Dr Sanduk Ruit from Nepal, and his American partner, Dr Geoff Tabin, have perfected a portable low-cost surgical procedure to restore sight their life’s work. They trek to Nepal’s remote northeast, carrying an entire hospital on porters’ backs. Their mission is to bring the blind out of the darkness.
[director]Stefano Levi, PhD, was born in Trieste, Italy where he lived and grew up. At the age of 13, he received his first Minox GT photo camera and has been photographing ever since. Stefano decided to pursue a scientific career and graduated in Chemistry at the University of Parma in Italy and later obtained a PhD in Chemical Technology at the University of Twente, Netherlands. Levi is a self-taught photographer who developed as such in the course of more than 20 years of practice. In 2009, after more than 14 years in science and business development, Stefano made a radical turn in his professional and private life leaving the corporate world and embracing his passion for visual storytelling. Stefano now leads an Independent Media Production Company and works as an independent filmmaker, producer, photographer and creative marketing consultant.[/director]