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|The movies come from a variety of genre, including mainstream movies as well as several box-office hits.|
Hearing or sight impaired people in Beijing had the chance to experience movies in greater depth on Tuesday. As part of a new program, the Chinese government has begun a series of events to distribute customized DVDs made especially for them.
China's General Administration of Press and Publication recently started working on films to accommodate civilians with hearing or sight impairments. So far, the films have included a sign-language display and subtitles for the hearing-impaired as well as supplementary descriptive narrations for the blind. These new features were designed to offer such viewers a more complete movie experience.
The first government-donated batch includes 23 films produced by a film studio in Shanghai. The movies come from a variety of genre, including mainstream movies as well as several box-office hits.
During the donation event, the General Administration of Press and Publication distributed around ten thousand DVDs to organizations that work with the hearing or sight impaired. Also, several parts of the 2001 Chinese film "Red Turn" were shown, attracting children from deaf and blind schools with its new in-depth narration and sign language display.
A hearing-impaired student said, "I used to just read subtitles when I watched films, but as I could only read a limited amount of the words, I only understood part of the film."
|China's General Administration of Press and Publication recently started working on films to accommodate civilians with hearing or sight impairments.|
Yang Jia, vice chairman of UN Committee of CRPD, said, "These films are at an international standard. The extra narration, detail, as well as the connecting theme explanations are quite good. Like when the narration told us that 'the typist jumped up', I knew he jumped up, otherwise I wouldn't know. At another point, the narration stated 'the chairman is wearing a coat', so then I could guess the season. After the movie was shown, it suddenly hit people that we could watch movies this way too."
China is home to about 12 million sight-impaired people and 20 million that are hearing-impaired. To make the world of film more accessible to these populations, the donation events have been held in several Chinese regions, including Shanghai Municipality as well as Guangdong, Hunan and Yunnan provinces.