Films without barriers designed for blind audiences

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BEIJING: Chen Yuxin, a fourth-year student at the School for the Blind in Beijing, has always dreamed of going to see a movie at the cinema.

His wish finally came true in September 2021, thanks to a public service project dubbed “Ever Shining Cinema”.

Together with her friends and guided by volunteers, the student attended the barrier-free film My People, My Homeland at the Tiantongyuan Cultural Arts Center in Changping District, Beijing.

“I was filled with excitement. I really like the movie,” Yuxin said.

“The project and its films without barriers allow us to enjoy the big screen, just like sighted moviegoers.”

The project was initiated at the end of 2017 by the Communication University of China, Beijing Gehua CATV Network Co Ltd and Oriental Jiaying Media Co Ltd.

It aims to produce barrier-free films for visually impaired people through dubbing.

The process of producing films without barriers is difficult in the eyes of Cai Yu, a 26-year-old doctoral student at the Communication University of China and also a volunteer with the project.

During dialogue and sound intervals in the film, the volunteers described the characters’ actions, expressions and surroundings as much as possible to help visually impaired audiences better understand the film, Cai said.

“For example, to explain the color ‘red’, we often used the words ‘sun’ and ‘heat’,” Cai said.

“A two-hour film often takes the volunteers a week to write the narration and four hours to shoot in the studio.”

By the end of last year, the project had produced 416 barrier-free films and a barrier-free TV series, and held 254 public welfare screenings. — Xinhua


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