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MIPCOM Picks 2010: Blind Man Walking

At the age of 22, Mark Pollock's life changed forever with the sudden loss of his sight. Upon the 10th anniversary of his sight loss, Pollock decided to undergo the ultimate test and enter the South Pole Race, requiring its participants to ski over 16 hours a day for close to a month, in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius. This film follows his pursuit of that goal.
September 29, 2010


At the age of 22, Mark Pollock’s life changed forever with the sudden loss of his sight. After a decade of depression and darkness, the former athlete embarked on a new path as a motivational speaker, and continued with his athletic endeavors. Upon the 10th anniversary of his sight loss, Pollock decided to undergo the ultimate test and enter the South Pole Race, requiring its participants to ski over 16 hours a day for close to a month, in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius. This film follows his pursuit of that goal, and powerfully illustrates that loss of sight doesn’t equal loss of vision.
Partners: A True Films production for RTÉ; distributed through RTÉ Commercial Enterprises
Aired: Fall, 2010 (RTÉ One)
Length: 52 minutes
Rights available: All media, worldwide

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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