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Notes on Blindness

In 1983, writer and academic John Hull completely lost his sight after decades of steady deterioration. He decided to make sense of this dramatic change in his day-to-day existence by keeping a diary on audiocassette in which he documented his thoughts and feelings. Over the course of three years, he recorded more than 16 hours of deeply personal material, which were published in 1990 under the title Touching The Rock. The book was acclaimed as a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal. Filmmakers Pete Middleton and James Spinney draw inspiration from the original audio recordings for this life-affirming portrait of Hull, who died shortly after the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.