Film and art for the blind? Yes, it’s possible!
A few hundred of the blind and the visually impaired from Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia had last year the opportunity to experience art, that is to participate in film screenings. Even though persons with visual disabilities couldn’t see them, they were able to – thanks to audio description (AD) – perceive art through other senses.
The film screenings were organised under the project “Development and Promotion of Audio Description Technique in the Eastern Partnership Countries”, financed by the International Visegrad Fund. It was implemented by our Foundation in cooperation with partners from Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Czechia and Slovakia. Thanks to the comprehensive cooperation between the countries, it was possible to adjust seven modern cinema productions to the needs of the blind and visually impaired viewers through embedding in the film recorded audio description. What is more, some of the films have been translated into sign language. These were the first film screenings of such kind in the history in Moldova
How to create audio description? – We set standards
Engaging the blind and the visually impaired in cultural life through adjusting elements of contemporary culture to their needs was one of the aspects of the project. Another, equally important element was to train specialists to prepare audio description, in order to contribute to promoting AD and the concept of culture accessibility in Eastern Partnership countries. To this end, we organised trainings (in Warsaw and Chisinau) conducted by experts in the field of audio description in Poland, Czechia, Moldova and Ukraine. Among the participants there were also blind persons, whose experience directly influenced the quality of the results.
During the meetings in Chisinau and Warsaw, the participants gathered knowledge on AD standards and practical aspects of its preparation. There were also discussions with Polish, Czech and Slovak experts regarding AD in those countries. Thanks to the engagement of the international teams, it was possible to work out a standardised text with AD standards. The document is compliant with European Union standards and is a form of a guide for people working with AD.
Project activities were promoted during 12 film screenings. Each of them started with a presentation about the project, AD development and perspectives for its development.
DVDs with films with AD were handed over to 60 organisations, who are going to organise film screenings or lend them to the blind.
Thanks to the engagement of the international teams, it was possible to work out a standardised text with AD standards.
Foundation ‘Opening Culture and Art’
Future Starts Today
Green Cross Society