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The Story of Looking

Prolific Northern Irish filmmaker Mark Cousins delicately explores the act of seeing before he undergoes cataract surgery. Using his usual poetic essay style, he skillfully constructs an intimate meditation on the value of truly looking in a world that encourages us to do the opposite. A captivating and moving masterwork.



As he prepares for surgery to repair his vision, director Mark Cousins thoughtfully explores the role that seeing, and the visual experience, has in both our collective and individual lives. In one of his most deeply personal works to date, Cousins presents a beautiful array of imagery from across multiple time periods and cultures.