By Chiara Piotto, Huffington Post
Aug 11, 2014
The Dream of Homer: the documentary film that tells what are the dreams of blind people
Chiara Piotto, Huffington Post, July 29 2014
Rose, Domenico, Gabriel, Daniela and Fabio are blind from birth. Every morning, waking up, they told to a tape recorder what they remembered of their dreams. Dozens of these recordings have provided the raw material of The Dream of Homer, a documentary film directed by Emiliano Aiello that aims to bring to the screen the dreamlike dimension of the congenitally blind.
What can dream a person blind from brith seems difficult to imagine, and the Nobel Prize Winner José Saramago in Blindness is not the only one who has tried to imagine that. But a recent study by a group of researchers from the University of Medicine of Lisbon, Portugal, demonstrates that the blind dream just like the seeing people.
Mr Emiliano Aiello works on The Dream of Homer for more than 7 years. His intention was to tell the life of the blind from an everyday perspective but unusual and intimate. The delicate and mysterious field of dreams and blindness meet and develop along a storyline inspired by Homer's Odyssey. Why Homer? It seems that Homer, the ancient supposed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, was blind.
The production of the documentary is still in a initial stage and the director has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to finance the project. There is time until the August 17th to help the director to realize this incredible film.
The dream of Homer is supported by the Centre of Audiovisual Productions of University of Rome III and the independent production company Tfilm. With a crew of only three people (director, sound engineer and director of photography), shooting is expected to finish in the fall 2014.