Able bodied people take so much for granted. We just do.
We might think abstractly about whether it'd be worse to be born blind, or to lose our eyesight. We can blindfold ourselves and try to get around for an hour, or an afternoon, to show some empathy. But we'll never really know what it is to live in a world that still hasn't realized accessibility as a basic human right.
Naomi Kawase's film, Radiance, is beautiful. Radiant. It's brilliantly filmed, and scripted, and it's simple while offering the opportunity for complexity. The play within the play, the art imitating life motif, themes of loss and intrusion, insights into what happens to the brain within the darkness.
If you have a sight impaired Japanese speaking friend, you could bring them to a screening. They'd probably have a lot to say about it afterwards. If you're gifted enough to be able to read, perhaps think twice before complaining too loudly about subtitles.
Radiance screens Saturday February 3rd at 1:30 pm and Thursday February 8th at 9:15 pm at Capitol 6. Buy your tickets HERE.