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New documentary uses sound to deliver better experience for visually impaired people

Global Times

15th March 2022

New documentary uses sound to deliver better experience for visually impaired people

The second season of popular historical documentary China has had a group of special spectators, all of whom have visual impairment, proving that high-quality audio can allow visually impaired people to enjoy TV programs.

For around 17 million visually impaired people in China, there are obstacles to appreciating film and television productions. The documentary aims to get deeper into their world in a bold way, using music and sounds to communicate.

A special event was held at the China Braille Library on Friday, inviting 30 people with visual impairment to appreciate the first episode of the second season of historical documentary China, an employee of Mango TV told the Global Times on Tuesday. The second season with 12 episodes debuted on Mango TV on February 28.

The first season focused on the prosperous Tang Dynasty (618-907), and the latest season starts from the historic meeting of Li Bai and Du Fu, two renowned poets of the Tang Dynasty. The spectators at the scene were very attentive, turning their ears forward to hear it better.

Under the guidance of the commentary, stories from the Tang Dynasty were scrolled out scene by scene. The audience could not see it so well, but they could hear it.

"I now know more about the dynasty and the two poets. We were moved by their patriotism and struggle in a time of turbulence," Shi Jing, president of the association of the blind of Dongcheng district in Beijing, said after the event.



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