An award-winning documentary about the Moran Eye Center’s bold, five-day mission to deliver eye care in a remote and war-torn region of South Sudan—one of the blindest places on earth—is making its New York debut at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on November 16, 2013.
This moving story chronicles the miraculous work of Dr. Alan Crandall and Dr. Geoff Tabin, two eye surgeons from the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center who have committed to eradicating preventable blindness in Africa, along with John Dau, one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan and a visionary for peace in South Sudan’s precarious new independence.
Winner of several top awards, including the Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award & Moving Mountain Prize, 2013, the film is one of Mountain Film’s selections for Mountain Film on Tour.
Dr. Crandall and another Moran team are preparing to carry out a third mission to South Sudan in January 2014. The goal is to bring sight to more than 300 members of multiple tribes from the extremely isolated and neglected that has been called the "Conflict Triangle." Filmmaker Jordan Campbell, John Dau of the John Dau Lost Boys Foundation, and members of Moran’s Institutional Advancement will attend the Lincoln Center screening.
Several times a year, Moran Eye Center physicians and staff set up medical eye camps in some of the most neglected corners of the world. In places as diverse as Indonesia, Bolivia, Rwanda, Haiti and Guam, medical teams work with local providers to perform as many sight-saving surgeries as possible in a short period of time—over 10,000 in the last five years. As they work, they also train local partners to provide basic eye care, using donated equipment, and perform simple surgeries, establishing a permanent source of eye care for the region.