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Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan
Helen Keller, for those of you who do not know, is an American author, lecturer, and political activist that not only was blind but was deaf as well. This rare video, from a 1930 Vitaphone newsreel, showcases the way in which Helen learned to talk by feeling the vibration of words when she places her fingers on a person's nose, mouth and neck. Her instructor and lifelong companion, Anne Sullivan, takes us throught the steps in a compelling and compassionate way. The final line Helen speaks is truly touching...it is inspiring to see how someone so physically handicapped, can overcome what seems to be insurmountable odds.
eGuider: John Rota
Film, TV & New Media Producer
John is a producer who specializes in smart, thought-provoking films, television, and web series. He has worked on many Emmy Award winning shows, including the documentary Legendary Nights, chronicling the 12 best fights in HBO's 30 years of boxing. While in development at HBO Films, he worked on Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, based on the best-selling novel by Dee Brown. His company, Divine Madman Productions, is currently developing a web series entitled 13Fights, based on John's experience working and living in the boxing world.