Monday, May 12, 2008

Beyond Boundaries: Across the Andes

If you have access to the BBC don't miss Beyond Boundaries: Across the Andes. The first part aired last Friday evening and is still available via iPlayer - for the next 4 days at least (I don't think you can view this in the US unfortunately). There are three more episodes to come.

The programme follows ten disabled young people as they enjoy/endure a month-long trek across Ecuador. It is some mighty powerful TV - heroic endeavour mixed with very real displays of youthful frustration in circumstances that would test the most able bodied.

There are three deaf people in the group including Jeremy, a cochlear implant user from not so many miles from here. Towards the end of the first episode, the very real difficulties they experienced while working within a team were well portrayed and contrasted powerfully with the more obvious problems being overcome by the amputees and wheelchair bound.

Prime time cochlear implants - who'd have thought.


Cloggy said...

Thanks for the info...
Just my bad luck.... plenty of time, and no sound on this PC....
From the trailer of the episode, it looked intense.

....... managed to get sound..
wow, what a trip.

At the end, the isolation of the three deaf kids when without their hearing-aids is so obvious, as they say themselves. It must be terribly frustrating..
I also realized that sign-language would not have helped them.

It's like Helen Keller said... deafness isolates you from people..

They got out of the situation by speaking to their team-mates, and it worked.

Great documentary.. thanks for the tip!

leahlefler said...

Hmm.. I wonder if BBC America will show the program? I'll have to look into it. Thanks for the heads-up!

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