Belo Cipriani with his guide dog Oslo

Imagine if the most severe physical pain and sorrow in your life were inflicted by the people you trusted most. In the spring of 2007, Belo Cipriani was beaten and robbed of his sight at the hands of his childhood friends.

Blind: A Memoir chronicles the two years immediately following the assault. At the age of twenty-six, Belo found himself learning to walk, cook, and date in the dark.

Armed with visual memory and his newly developed senses, Belo shows readers what the blind see.  He narrates the recondite world of the blind, where microwaves, watches, and computers talk, and where guide dogs guard as well as lead.



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An Interview with Blind Documentary Filmmaker David Block

Today on Nearsighted we welcome visually impaired writer, teacher and documentary filmmaker David Block. Belo Cipriani: How did you lose your vision? David Block: I was born with congenital Cataracts. BC: What inspired you to become a filmmaker? DB: In June 1990, I wrote an article about goalball, a team sport played world wide by... Read More
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Learn About Aguilas San Francisco’s HIV Prevention Service El Ambiente

You might have seen them pass out brochures at venues like Club Papi and Pan Dulce (Thursday night at the Café in the Castro District), or coach patrons on safe sex practices during San Francisco Pride. Wherever gay and bisexual Latinos gather, Aguilas (Eagles) will make a cameo and spread their message of safe sex... Read More