• Sarah Caltieri

My name is Sarah

Updated: Mar 24, 2021

(Chronicle #27)

Face of Dove, 2006

Documentary style online advert filmed in my then home in Leeds when I was starting out. Fun and also surreal sharing my bedroom and bathroom with a film crew. (Although never credited for my work, I assisted with the direction and writing).

The advert won a 2007 Silver Award in the British Television Advertising Awards for Toiletries. (Personally, I think it must have been my Leeds ‘do I look fit’ (that means hot to the rest of the world) line that did it. I was really disappointed however, that I wasn’t named for my contribution, simply labelled ‘blind girl.’ I do have a question: what would the world think if this was labelled ‘black girl?’ I don't say this lightly as I am from a multi-cultured background. My best friend growing up was mixed race, as is one of my closest friends now. Friends through my life always of every shape, size, background, colour, sexuality, as well as my dates and relationships. I used to be in a relationship many years ago with an English born and bred half Bangladeshi, Cambridge educated Arts Reporter (the first ever ‘brown’ as he used to say to obtain this position on his newspaper), presenter of his own radio show, playwright and screenwriter whom has experienced extreme racism within his own country despite his hard work and contribution. It has unfortunately come to light over the years that people with ’diffrabilities’ or whom are ‘differentlyable’ (which is how I identify myself) go through similar challenging experiences.

Just being identified with the label 'blind person' everywhere within society (on the street when I'm out and people whisper under their voices 'she's blind' thinking I can't hear them, being questioned constantly about it by complete strangers, reading acting scripts with parts for 'blind people' which are not empowering or a true inclusive representation of 'real people' with physical eye 'diffrabilities' and much more...) has made me feel like an object and dehumanised as if I am a separate entity to everybody else and the 'human' race. So much so ,that I've suffered with bouts of depression because I felt so alienated at times and separate from the world. Blindness and partial sightedness is an extremely complex condition and every single person has a unique situation and different eye conditions with varying levels of sight and different ways of functioning independently (I've worked with and spoken with hundreds of different partially sighted and 'blind people' over the years in different work situations and who rarely have the same eye conditions and level of sight. Some are cane users and some don't wish to use a cane.) So the term 'blind person' or 'blind girl' does not represent everybody in a true light. Although a cane user myself, (non-white) I have a lot of use for vision which enables me to function more or less as a full-sighted person just in a different way (I can still drive by the way and have actually reversed parked a 4x4, something I couldn't even do when I had full sight)!

My name is actually 'Sarah'.

Link to Dove advert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWoTdT7K__k

(Bat audio: In this post, there are a few pictures. The feature image right at the top of the blog is of Sarah with brown shoulder lengthened hair with her head turned to the right and a lovely smile on her face. You can just see the top of her outfit showing a black sequined loose choker style top. The title for the advert is underneath the image typed in black font is labelled ‘Dove Blind Girl.’

The next section of images are found in a grid format at the bottom of the blog with 3 small images on the top section and a larger image at the bottom.

The first image in the gallery section is a cover picture typed in white font Sarah's Chronicles (this sits on top of a greyed out background image which is the same image at the top of the post) and at the bottom of the picture also in white font is Face of Dove with 3 play buttons to the right of the text.

The second image in the gallery shows Sarah wearing a black suit jacket, a pair of sexy black hot pants with fishnet tights and black heeled boots and is wearing a stylish black hat. She also has on a red heart shaped eye patch on her right eye. She is posing with her left hand on her left hip and her right hand is holding a multi-coloured cane pointing straight up into the air, kind of looking like she’s pulled a sword from its sheath and is ready for action.

The third image is a photograph of a diary with lined paper with the work 'Human' written on it in pen. There are lots of fairy lights surrounding the top of the book.

The fourth and final image is a bigger image and shows Sarah wearing a sexy black, sleeveless sequined dress with the choker style neckline we saw in the first top image of the blog and she's putting on some red hot lipstick ready for her night out.)

7th February 2021