ERIC Number: EJ830705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
This Car Seems to Be Alive--Perspectives on the Documentary, "Plan F"
Quinlan, Margaret M.; Smith, J. Webster; Hayward, Casey
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, v9 n1 p59-61 Mar 2009
Ed Marko redefines what it means to be not only an auto mechanic but also a person who is blind. At the age of 20 years, he lost his sight from a degenerative disease called infantile glaucoma. However, he has surpassed what we traditionally think of as the capabilities of blind people. Now in his late 60s, he was once a rehabilitation counsellor, but he also enjoyed working on cars. Then he decided to open his own shop, Community Car Care, in Columbus, Ohio. "Plan F," a 27-minute documentary awarded the 2007 Oxford International Film Festival Award in cinematography and nominated for best short documentary at the Southern Winds Film Festival, takes us through a day in Ed's life as we watch him work on cars and interact with his partner Brad and his cat. Ed teaches us that one does not need to see to work on cars as he uses his fingers and tongue to manipulate bolts, nuts and bearings. The ways Ed navigates the auto shop demonstrate how he approaches life. If Plan A does not work, he moves on to Plan B. Flexibility and a sense of humour allow him to switch to a new plan when the first one does not work out. In this review of "Plan F," we begin with summaries of the nine major scenes of the documentary, followed by reviews by a blind and a sighted person. The piece concludes with comments from the director.
Descriptors: Auto Mechanics, Visual Impairments, Blindness, Documentaries, Adjustment (to Environment), Coping, Social Attitudes, Consciousness Raising
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