‘Out of the Darkness’ is a documentary film by Stefano Levi. “Stefano is a filmmaker/visual storyteller, who follows Dr. Sanduk Ruit from Nepal, and his American colleague Dr. Geoff Tabin to Nepal’s remote Northeast. They have developed a portable low cost surgical procedure to efficiently restore sight in remote, rural areas. Each operation costs 25 USD and lasts five minutes, with a quality that equals western standards where these operation costs between 1000 and 5000 USD. For the rural poor it is a rescue from their desperate situation: neither they could travel the long way to Kathmandu nor afford the costs for the surgical intervention in the hospital. More than half of the world’s preventable blindness is caused by cataract disease as a consequence of malnutrition and low standard of living. Most of it occurs in developing countries. The clouding of the clear lens of the eye is a widespread disease but fortunately it is also easy to cure. „Out of the Darkness“ shows that this simple and inexpensive surgical procedure not only is life-changing for those affected by cataract, it also influences the economic structure of the communities which are based on the economy and the well being of the family. An independent film, inspired by positive change.” All is not lost for humankind as long as there are people such as these. I have great admiration for goodhearted people like Dr. Sanduk Ruit from Nepal, and his American colleague Dr. Geoff Tabin and also for Stefano Levi, the film maker who followed them to document their work and their stories.
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