Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light)

Tocando la Luz weaves three stories – all set in the blind community of Havana, Cuba – into a tale of personal independence.

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Doc World
Premiere Date
September 25, 2016
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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Jennifer Redfearn

Jennifer Redfearn is an Academy Award nominated director and an Associate Professor of Visual Journalism at Boston University. She directed and produced SUN COME UP, about a small island community losing their land to rising seas. SUN COME UP was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011, screened in theaters across the U.S. and aired on HBO. TOCANDO LA LUZ Show more (TOUCH THE LIGHT) was co-produced with ITVS and aired on PBS in 2016. It premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Festival where it won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award. Jennifer worked on the 2016 SXSW audience award winner LANDFILL HARMONIC as a field director and consulting producer. She has produced television documentaries for PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, CNN, and Discovery. She has received support for her independent films from the National Endowment for the Arts, IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, Fork Films, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, LEF Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA and NYWIFT, and co-production funding from ITVS. Show less

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Timothy Metzger

Tim Metzger is an Academy Award nominated producer and Emmy nominated cinematographer with over 15 years of experience filming documentaries. Tim filmed and produced the 2011 Oscar nominee SUN COME UP, as well as the award-winning feature documentary TOCANDO LA LUZ (TOUCH THE LIGHT.) He has served as director of photography for several major Show more Emmy-nominated series, including National Geographic's THE STORY OF GOD WITH MORGAN FREEMAN and RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZEROfor Discovery, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Tim has filmed in more than 20 countries and his work has also appeared on PBS, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and HBO among others. He has also taught documentary filmmaking at New York University. Show less

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The Film

Tocando la Luz weaves three stories – all set in the blind community of Havana, Cuba – into a tale of personal independence. As Lis, Milly, and Margarita each face family problems and heartbreak, their dependence on others turns out to be a double-edged sword. From the music halls of Havana to a cinema club for the blind, their stories reveal both the pain and the joys of fighting for yourself.