tv Documentary RT August 31, 2013 12:29pm-1:01pm EDT
polls. it's too late for me i'm old done in order posted i'll soon be on searching for all mice and just the book i was blind and deaf and without hope. this is no life. it's a crappy joke come on priests went to god you cry the group the group for all my needs it was nothing but show i still don't you worry about me or about my sins but the big doll so is it out with him. if he does exist if you go. all over. this is a man who's ready to bring charges against god himself the last judge. and his name
is alexander savor of he lives in a small apartment in moscow suburbs and at two o'clock every thursday afternoon he sits by his front door wearing a device around his neck the moment it vibrates and the lights turn red he knows a delivery has arrived and it's time to open the door. every week for many years korea has regularly delivered meals for alexander from a nearby restaurant he knows his client is blind and deaf but still tries to talk to him. while the ear of the bread rolls i leave them on the table that gave it so then the korea can't understand how anyone can live without hearing or sight he has no idea that this particular deaf and blind man unable even to cook
a simple meal is more deserving of admiration pity not everyone has successfully achieved a ph d. and then become a professor of psychology fewer still who are deaf and blind alexander savor off is one of them the great accomplishment for anyone but truly remarkable for a man who lives in complete darkness and silence only able to perceive the world through touch. me track. doc ok. this one this is a halo yes no it's a hand around. oh yes. so
these. fingers i can feel hear. right. this is a hand with. this is a hand with. a palm. holding. a child. that you could just throw i say. that makes sense but the much that i should pray but only to a mother and her child. is. ten years ago on the priest was a clown an acrobat in a circus now he serves in a church affiliated to russia's only children's home specializing in deaf and blind kids his aim is to help them bear their cross humbly and wait for the next world he's also unraveling the mystery of the homes most famous graduate and xander so
both of. which i'm interested in exactly what makes him tick. what drives him what is based on. the foundation it doesn't matter to me whether it's faith or intuition. i can call myself a believer because i believe in mutual humanity and it's just necessity. and if that doesn't ultimately prevail all of mankind is doomed. as a graduate from moscow state university psychology faculty of could have spent his life with books as a scholar instead he chose a more difficult path to work with death and blind children.
i saw there were people who needed my psychology more. so they became the center of my universe. as a junior research assistant at first i had to develop an experimental work program for them. but i hate any kind of formality especially when it comes to love. and i love those kids right from the start. those kids know how tough it is to achieve what he has it's very important for them to stay in touch with alexander. almost just we have a girl now her name is i don't wanna she's totally deaf and blind. i think he's very familiar with so much of what she feels and suffers i think he's the only one
who is really able to help her. leona is terrified to walk by herself the teacher guides her by the hand. alexander gently tells her how important it is to overcome this fear and explains how he walks despite his condition. what is that it's a war king frame. it has four wheels. it goes in front. and i hold it with one hand. and my right hand. i hold them. do you know what it is.
you know that i know it's deck. yes. a folding stick. it's always in this bag on my frame. of that with i always fought back fiercely when i felt they wanted to limit my independence in any way because i was becoming one hundred percent dependent that's extremely demeaning it devalues people and undermines what's most important to me him and dignity. to this process.
for the. doc but we've had an accident with. the a good sense not the first time my friend has got me into trouble with and actually it's the third time in a couple of weeks and. when he goes out alone he always wears a sign around his neck my name is alexander savor often i'm deaf and blind please take my right hand and write on it to block letters i will easily understand. i want some frozen foods. as usual soups and main courses.
with five types like a. staff of the supermarket and not just serving someone with disabilities they're also learning about humanity without even knowing it. even the suspicious security guard he usually watches over customers always expecting trouble or has to walk so vote off home. ok. i can make it on my own from now on it. thanks very much what's your name. i'm alexander too but just as it says here. to the shop is tough. but people often help.
fifty years ago classrooms in this school are equipped with the very latest in technology deaf and blind students took part in a huge scientific experiment meant to change the future for mankind soviet scientists wanted to prove that intelligence was not a red a trick that with the brains endless potential any child regardless of nature could become a talented adult. but i never minded being part of the experiment. i was ok about being a guinea pig. if science needed it. alexander sometimes visits his former head master he's eighty three now and almost blind that his memory is
failing he still remembers how his best pupil was hungry for knowledge. it was nice to talk to him it was easy to teach myside he loved to read and i remember a library was being renovated and we pulled two books in a shed that alexander often sat in there with a braille book one day he was in there well somebody along the door apparently they didn't realize he was there. the star through here and to really crazy. i tried to be an all in one genius. that's the great things in whatever he did i wanted to be immortal eternal. well i suppose you could say i was playing god. alexander savor off is six months old in this picture he was born completely healthy the when he was three years old
he went gathering apples with his parents and on that day his typical happy childhood came to an end. with a. good it was early in the morning. i remember dark green leaves and the sun shining through. because the ground was mottled with sunlight but i couldn't see anything. i couldn't see those little apples so i was fumbling feeling for them. my mother picked me up and began to cry. i had problems with my vision. with the cuckoo that in six years the same happened with my hearing. that was always the first nine hundred sixty two.
but he sees things that sighted people don't notice. he's dead. but he hears things that most people never do they call him disabled but he's the world's first deaf and blind doctor of science. professor i think other savor of. the great life lived against the odds. dramas the truth be ignored to the. stories others refused to notice. faces changed the world lights never. told pictures of today's news. on demand from around the globe.
remained using his hands that life without music was unbearable. through the silt over there i call this my musical harness for good. but that's the proof that i was shocked the first time i put this loudspeaker up to my chest with so for the last i could clearly feel the band's drum. and so i solved the problem of rhythm and now i can hear the music and relax. a little. nobody knows exactly why alexander savor of lost his sight and hearing their his case files reveal
a dark family secret alexander's mother and. father met and fell in love both had lost their parents during the stalin era and both had been raised in orphanages they simply considered it a happy coincidence that they shared the same second name only after years had passed did they finally discover the awful truth. has been done wife. brother and sister perhaps explaining their son's disability. one day he went to a park and then came home to me. i remember i was doing some laundry and he asked me mama how my going to live i don't understand anyone and they don't understand me . i said let's go for a walk. as we walked in he asked me mom are you happy.
and i said yes and. then he asked me even having a son like me yet. yeah i said yes. this is an amateur film taken in one nine hundred seventy two alexander is nineteen he and three other former students at the experimental school have just passed their exams he was a moscow university student headed to leningrad and the baltic republics for a holiday the teachers were certain that the excursion would be good for him but it was then that he seriously began to think about suicide. it was a tough month. i couldn't get through it. i couldn't cope with not enjoying music art or sculpture. i couldn't feel it completely and it was all too much.
in a few years all that emotional stress transformed into suicidal tendencies. it was only because i was loved and i could feel it but i didn't kill myself from. shock hello man hello how are you hello bob. pretty sticky just remember thirty years ago you told me i was going to have the same difficulties with my own alexander savor of. this experiment was insanely cruel pushy stupid but just as cruel and violent as life is itself. for someone who has nothing but pain and grief to overcome. the only option is madness but still a person who has lost some of their senses can be taught a lot. more they just have to learn to use their remaining senses in the right way
for you. of course i'm primarily talking about the sense of touch. i see. this unique footage is from the archives of the special education institute the russian academy of science nine hundred sixty three the decision was taken to teach deaf and blind kids every day skills first and speech second the results were exceptional within a few years many were able to speak read and write but the success was welcome only as far as allowing the students to work in manufacturing perhaps operating a sewing machine soviet society wasn't ready to consider that blind and deaf people might also become academics. the benefits all contrived an overblown how can they work in academia they have to be useful do something real
earn their bread their country guarantees it they'll always be safe here but i still think that they should do something maybe something small let them have their own specialty they should feel that the government needs their knowledge and they have to feel needed but how can we consider any. one so handicapped to be complete . had it not been for that speech alexander savor of may never have decided to write his doctoral thesis or achieved the title of professor he would not have written his research articles or were dressed academic conferences so every moment of despair it was because he remembered those cruel accusations of deficiency that he forced himself to keep going to continue living and working but of going to thirty i've always it's not just handicapped people who have to overcome difficulties. if it's not an achievement for an ordinary person.
it shouldn't be thought of as an achievement for us either. i'm talking about higher education and finding an interesting job. was. i deeply appreciate all that you do. and i'm so grateful that you're here. you're a great man you changed people's lives you changed my life and i'll never forget you. all and all i consider myself happy judging by the outcome of my life as a. member of all my dreams have come true i even have a son now. the. only good he ever is not actually his son but his official guardian and assistant.
go and wash your hands markie pop. this is the surprise you didn't want to become a teacher. they met twelve years ago on a mountain hike to lonely people a deaf and blind professor and a fourteen year old boy who'd run away from home. i felt bored lost at home. it was tough days my parents were divorced so much the same and i know my mother felt really bad about it looked towards i could feel her grief in the air. it was like an endless feeling of hopelessness to send it to perform day i just stroked his hand mumbling to myself
my boy. you proper that made him happy they jumped up saying yes i'm your boy. i didn't expect that i was a bit shocked. then i decided to call him my son silently in first and then i whispered as my leg took to it well except to that. but. the fissionable material it took a while to get used to the idea that i was important to this person. if he can imagine living without me now. just all the feel good about that. i don't take it too seriously. but still i do feel responsible for him or it was my choice to come and live with him so i have no right to turn away to leave and. as with all families the son grew up and met a girl he's often out on dates while the father stays at home complaining that he
needs company. this trip i lack personal contacts or personal virtual i have plenty of virtual contact but almost no personal. the only person willing to talk to him for alice is melatonin the priest who works with the home for deaf and blind children still tries to bring the stubborn professor into what he considers the light of orthodox christianity. any more that i can't believe that someone so sincere isn't able to find in the almighty father something useful and interesting in other words if you can't then maybe you are absolutely blind and deaf spiritually and mentally. to those. who have suffered.
so you will feel grateful. some of the most interesting thing is the ties sincerely doubt that this peculiar dialogue will ever. take less like a post-mortem ok. let's make a deal. the first to go there. how. lets the other one know. i got them has them if the other world exists. i don't know yet oh you don't know we'll see what that.
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