“My greatest wish for Blindsided is that it will give hope to others, even when hope seems impossible. It is a film about the gift that sometimes comes through pain; it is a story of love,
family, friendship and community. Most of all, it is about creating light when plunged into darkness.”
– Talia Osteen
Blindsided is an inspiring one-hour documentary about Jared Hara, a 15 year-old boy
who slowly loses his eyesight at the age of 12. The film depicts the powerful story of Jared's
life-changing tragedy, its effect on his family, friends, and community, and his triumphant rise above it
Originally conceived as a portrait of the unique friendship between thirteen year-old Jared Hara,
a Jew, and his best friend, Ali Hakim, a Muslim; the film intended to show how two young boys could defy
common perceptions. However, as Jared’s world slowly went dark, Osteen shifted her focus to Jared’s family
and captured a poignant rollercoaster of heartache and revival. Intimate interviews reveal the unspoken
issues that haunted them for nearly two years. Although the gripping honesty of their words is
heartbreaking, their outpouring eventually leads to an emotional and powerful reconciliation.
Blindsided begins in the darkness of depression, blame, and guilt, but ends in a new
place where the heart, not the eyes, is the window to the world.
The Flicks, Saturday, September 30th at 12:30pm
The Flicks, Sunday, October 1st at 12:30pm