Tatang was seven years old when a surgery to improve his failing vision went wrong and robbed him of his sight altogether.
Eventually, with the support of friends and advice from other blind people, he picked himself back up. He learned Braille, a universally accepted system of writing used by and for visually impaired people, and went on to study anthropology at university.
When Tatang returned home in Indonesia’s Bandung after graduation, he realised there were no education facilities for children with disabilities in his community. With financial support from his brother, he set up a school in his own home, teaching children to read Braille.
Today, many years later, the school teaches dozens of children with different ne. Along with minors with vision impairment, children with hearing impairment are taught sign language with the help of volunteers, while youngsters with Down’s syndrome get the attention they need.
Filmmaker: Hassan Ghani
Assistant Producer: Surya Fachrizal
Translation: Nurfitri Taher
Executive Producer: Andrew Phillips