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    Wed, 01 Oct 2008 17:13:28

    Blind To Protest Blindness - National Federation of the Blind protesting depiction of the sightless

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    Miramax's Blindness, an apocalyptic thriller featuring Julianne Moore as a sighted woman working to free her husband, played by Mark Ruffalo, after he and others are quarantined because of a blindness epidemic which leads to societal unrest, is being protested by the Baltimore-based National Federation of the Blind. Mark Maurer, the Federation's blind president, claims that the movie equates people who lose their sight to people who lose control and go "bad" as a result of the affliction. The film was heavily criticized when screened at Cannes, which caused the studio and director Fernando Meirelles to tweak the final product.

    Maurer was quoted as saying, "Blindness doesn't turn decent people into monsters." Even though the film's portrayal of sightlessness is an extended metaphor for social havoc, Maurer claims blind people are and will be offended by such a notion. The organization plans to protest at least 75 screenings of the film at local movie theaters upon its release this weekend. Protesters, which will include both the blind and their sighted allies, will hand out fliers and carry signs bearing the slogan, "I'm not an actor but I play a blind person in real life."

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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