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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
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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