By Robert Stringfellow, Nashville Christian Family, Dec. 2023
The film “Sight” (based on Dr. Ming Wang’s autobiography “From Darkness to Sight”) has won the top prize (best picture) at the 50th ICVM International Christian Film Award, and a top prize (Best Narrative Feature Premiere) at Heartland International Film Festival.
Dr. Wang has embarked on an ambitious Sight national tour, bringing the film to every major state in the U.S. showing the film free of charge on weekends. Since May 2023, he has been to 22 states, and by 6/30/24, he will go to another 10 states, making a grand total of 42 states. “I am like running a presidential campaign without running or president”, he joked, but adds: “But I am campaigning for freedom and faith, and for the need for us to get together as a nation to find common ground!”
SIGHT, starring Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Greg Kinnear and Terry Chen (Almost Famous, Falling), is based on the true story of Dr. Ming Wang, a poor Chinese immigrant, who defies all odds to become a world-renowned eye surgeon in the United States. Set in 1970’s rural China, a young Ming faces persecution and despair at every turn, but through the support of his dedicated family and his own unwavering determination, he finds his way to America, attends Harvard and MIT and helps develop an innovative technology that restores sight in millions. Taking on the seemingly impossible challenge of helping a blind orphan, the resilient Dr. Wang must reconcile with his own traumatic past and face the harsh reality that the strength of his own will can only go so far.
About Dr. Ming Wang, MD, PhD
Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude); PhD (laser physics), is a world-renowned laser eye surgeon, philanthropist, and a co-founder of the non-profit Common Ground Network.
As a teenager, Ming fought valiantly to escape China’s Cultural Revolution – during which millions of innocent youth were deported to remote areas to face a life sentence of hard labor and poverty. He came to America with only $50 and earned two doctorate degrees, one in laser physics and one in medicine, and graduated with the highest honors from Harvard Medical School and MIT.
The amniotic membrane contact lens, which Dr. Wang has invented (and holds two U.S. patents), has been used by tens of thousands of eye doctors throughout the world in nearly every nation, and millions have had their eyesight restored.
Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration has helped patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries, with all sight restoration surgeries performed free-of-charge. Dr. Wang was named the Kiwanis Nashvillian of the Year for his lifelong dedication to help blind orphaned children from around the world.