tv Documentary RT September 1, 2013 9:29pm-10:01pm EDT
does exist if you go. far. for all of it. this is a man who's ready to bring charges against god himself at the last judgment 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. although here are 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. but the. mothers are.
duck ok. this one this is a hello yes no it's a hand hand. oh yes. so these. fingers i can feel. that right. this is a hand with. this is a hand with. a palm. holding. a child that's not. 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 mila tong 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 am is to help them bear their cross humbly and wait for the next world is also unraveling the mystery of the homes most famous graduate and xander suv all of . which by i'm interested in exactly what makes them tick. and what drives him what is based on. the foundation it doesn't matter to me whether it's face or intuition. i can call myself a believer because i believe in mutual humanity and its necessity. and if that doesn't ultimately prevail all of mankind is doomed. as a graduate from moscow state university psychology faculty savor of could have spent
his life with books as a scholar instead he chose a more difficult path to work with death and blood 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 but 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.
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 what she meant dignity. to this process. for the. doctor but we've had an accident with. the. the good the good sense not the first time my friend has got me into trouble 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 off 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. sefer 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. over to the 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. during two 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 hereditary that with the brains endless potential any child regardless of nature could become a talented adult. in the group at the foot but i never minded being part of the experiment.
certain bits of what i was ok about being a guinea pig. if science needed it. alexander sometimes visits his former head must move 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. it starts right 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 outpolls 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 a dot green leaves in the sun shining through. 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. she will die had problems with my vision. of the good that in six years the same happened with my hearing. that was august first nine hundred sixty two.
straight from the old finish that you know in times. fell nobody needed me. my fellow pilgrims' pasta. my dad is probably the kindest soul in the world. he can't abandon a child emails that they wouldn't survive so he injurious to the end anyone dreams can be summed up in just a few what's russia and the world with no wolf and weed i want any children to wake up in orphanages we firmly believe that the parents out there every child spit out my ego's. they were ready to do anything for their country to me is to love the country more than yourself if you join the military for any other reason that you're probably
not to have a good day they were tools in the hands of the state now they live remembering the past which is impossible to get rid of. the war. but however good people began are. heard good people empty silent. a lot. but would prefer not to be sometimes i feel like. i should have died over there. because i. i saw some people who died. there is cheaper than tariff. on our. wealthy british style.
markets why not canada. find out what's really happening to the global economy with max cons or for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines tune into kinds a report. loss of hearing was the most difficult to get used to alexander could still read using his hands but life without music was unbearable. through the filter i call this my musical harness. but that's the birth
of 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. 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. husband and wife were also
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. first you must as we walked he asked me mom are you happy. i said yes but usually reasonable then he asked me even having a son like me yet. yes 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 fail 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. thought hello man hello how are you hello boris the prophet. still gets it 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 bush is 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 or. that 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. because if it's all contrived an overblown how can they work in academia they have to be useful do something real they'll 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 anyone 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 trust academic conferences through 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. with i've always it's not just handicapped people who have to overcome difficulties . if it's not an achievement for an ordinary person. then 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. was a school i deeply appreciate all that you do. as
a source and i'm so grateful that you're here. you're a great man you change people's lives you change my life and i'll never forget you . all and all i consider myself happy judging by the outcome of my life there's a lot. of it all my dreams have come true i even have a son now. the. only good he every is not actually his son but his official guardian and the system too. go and wash your hands markie pop. but it should not 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 much the same and i know my mother felt really bad about it which i could feel her grief in the air. it was like an endless feeling of hopelessness for. it what to perform day i just stroked his hand mumbling to myself my boy. that made him happy he 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 they accepted it. but. the
fissionable bill it took a while to get used to the idea that i was important to this person. giving out he can't imagine living without me now. most of them feel good about that. i don't take it too seriously. but still i do feel responsible for him. 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 hours 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. anymore 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 death spiritually and mentally. to those. who have suffered. for fifty sixty or seventy years. god will give. you much more. to. them to those. who can see.
and hear. from. you no i'm not greedy. god. has so much for me. and for you. and for everyone. who wants to be with him. god so you will feel grateful. i am. some of the most interesting thing is that is' says seriously doubt that this peculiar dialogue will ever. take less like a post-mortem ok. let's make a deal. with the first to go there.
how. lets the other one know. if the other world exists. i don't know yet oh you don't know we'll see. that. what i mean here is of course the bailout in the united states with eighty five percent of the population being strongly against it and i don't think even you know democratic institutions and the will of the people would prevent the government from actually implementing we have created a system that is against the will of the people that is too big to fail we jailed
no bankers that committed these heinous acts which destroyed trillions of dollars of wealth and so it does bring into question the very strength of democracy right now i would argue that it's quite weak. the bible says many times that gold is the father of all funds. i'm sure he told me to say if these children. and those mistakes in the orphanage that you know in times it's useless until nobody needed
me then. my fellow pilgrims' pastor. my dad is probably the kindest soul in the world. he can't abandon the child emails that they wouldn't survive so he endures to the end any marginal dream can be summed up in just a few watts russia and the world was no wolf and we don't want any children to wake up in orphanages we firmly believe that the parents out there. every child space my goals. ok. i dave across. to ten dear oliver jane it's a little while in the middle of the chesapeake bay on the virginia. county. rampage
and you're all in the chesapeake bay probably one of the best areas an offensive fred. and your island before the channel was cut oh here. they are. as go all. right here are some of the headstones from the graves it for here this is a fruit that's that's what we don't want happen to taint your all and we want to get some protection and make sure that we don't go into the chesapeake bay like uppers did in other communities.
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