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    Titles read: 'Lighten Our Darkness'.

    Young children are seen in a children's playground. Good shots of them on a slide, roundabout, swings etc. A woman in a nurses uniform catches the children at the bottom of the slide. Other nurses are seen in the playground. The narrator speaks of childlike innocence and trust. This is the garden of "Sunshine House", Northwood, Middlesex. It is a nursery school for blind children.

    C/U of a young girl holding a rabbit in her arms and rubbing her face against it. Another girl cuddles a rabbit. "Though darkness envelops her, the light of inner faith is there to guide..." states the narrator over shots of a blind girl playing with a rabbit. She senses when it has run away then moves towards it.

    "In rest they close their eyes against the daylight they cannot see." Inside the nurseries the children take a nap on little camp beds. Two partially sighted girls look at books. C/U of one of the girls looking at a book reveals that the book is upside down "...visual life may be forever an unwritten book for Rosamund." C/U of girl using touch to complete a jigsaw.

    M/S of group of children sitting in a circle. A young boy hands out sweets to his friends. "In the kingdom of the blind - he leads who can guide and help his neighbour." states the narrator. The boy is called Johnnie Samson (sp?)

    Low angle shot of Sheila walking slowly down a wooden staircase without holding on. Suddenly she drops her doll (dramatic music on soundtrack) then has to crouch down and sweep around with her hands until she finds it. C/U of her feet as she stands on a step, tentatively moving towards the edge then proceeding boldly down the stairs.

    "Feet that stumble and the scent of fresh cut flowers to reassure. Beauty for little Rosamund lies in texture and shape..." C/Us of Rosamund touching and smelling flowers. The training of other senses is described by the narrator. C/Us of hands touching a daffodil.

    M/S of children gathered around a teacher who reads her a story. Narrator makes an appeal for donations to the Sunshine Homes for the blind. There are some children who cannot attend as there are not enough places.

    M/S of "Little Anne" using her hands to feel around for the right place to store her wash things. She moves towards a hand basin and turns on the tap. C/U of her brushing her hair before bed. "Self reliance, self respect and the pride of a little girl in hair that is soft to the touch" observes the narrator. c/U of Anne cleaning her teeth.

    Good shots of two children being cleaned in the bath by nurses. "Margaret Rose is ready for bed, she knows that this is night because for the air has grown colder and there is silence all around. Good shot of the little girl getting ready for bed, taking off her slippers and taking off her dressing gown. She kneels down beside the bed to say her prayers.

    Produced by Associated British-Pathe for the Variety Club of Great Britain.

    Note: female narrator. Beautifully shot film with poetic (if a little condescending by today's standards) voiceover. Great shots of the children.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:04:00 / 01:30:55:00
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    group Documentaries (1976) Documentary warning Long documentary A detailed look
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