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Jakarta Post

Because 'God made them blind'

  • Trisha Sertori


Gianyar   /   Thu, October 23 2008   /  11:02 am

There was once a family of 22 children blinded by cataracts living in the isolated mountains of Bali. For more than a dozen years, The John Fawcett Foundation in Bali tried to persuade the family patriarch that their sight could be restored. However, because "God made them blind", an otherwise loving father believed the children's fate was karma, an immutable force which cannot be interfered with. This family is one of the keystones in the documentary produced and directed by West Australian Richard Todd, God Made Them Blind. The documentary, screening at the ongoing Balinale International Film Festival 2008, traces John Fawcett's journey from his native Australia to Bali where he has worked tirelessly to restore sight to thousands of Indonesians struck blind by cataracts. This is one of the simplest of all medical procedures bordering on t...