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Audio descriptions bring cinema alive for visually impairedVoices in the darkness

Global Times

8th March 2022

Audio descriptions bring cinema alive for visually impaired

Voices in the darkness

By Lou Kang

A diminutive recording studio located inside the Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing is the production center for hundreds of movie audio descriptions specially made for theaters across China that serve the visually impaired.

It is the epitome of many similar projects across China. However, as there are over 10 million of people living with visual impairment in China, the number of theaters providing the service falls short of demand.

"Our next goal is for these audio descriptions of films to be available at the same time as their main cinema release, so people with visual impairments can walk into the cinema with their family and friends to cry and laugh together," Fu Haizheng, manager of the Guangming Cinema (Light Cinema) and project/associate dean of the Institute of Accessible Information and Communication at CUC, told the Global Times on Wednesday.


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