Panaji, Nov 23 (GCEntertainment) Collaborating for the third time, International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and Delhi-based Saksham Trust will be conducting screenings of audio described movies for the hearing and visually impaired, during the International Film Festival of India 2019.
Year 2019 marks the 50th year of the festival, which is often counted amongst one of the earliest film festivals of the Asian continent. This Golden Jubilee edition of the festival will witness over 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in Indian Panorama section and participation of more than 10,000 people and film lovers.
To mark this special edition, Saksham and IFFI will be screening three audio-described movies on November 23, 24 and 25, 2019, – Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dhoni, and Konkani film Questao De Cofusao, the first-ever regional language film to be screened in an audio-description format.
The event will be inaugurated by Indian film actress, Taapsee Pannu and will also include a street play performance on November 23, 2019. Over the years, Mr Dipendra Manocha and Rummi K Seth’s Saksham have audio-described various movies. The process includes an additional narration that translates images or other visual information or non-dialogue portions of films/media into spoken words and subtitles so that people who are visually and/or hearing impaired can access, enjoy and learn from works of popular culture and educational importance, among other things.
Starting with the film “Black”, more than 23 films have been made accessible, an achievement that has won the organisation, the Limca Book of Records recognition for translating the maximum number of audio-described movies, in India. In the last year alone, more than 10 movies have been made accessible, thanks to the generous support of Publicis Sapient.
India continues to be home to more than ten million persons with visual and hearing disability (Census, 2011). Accessibility of cinema is therefore a need of the hour. At this year’s Golden Jubilee, the International Film Festival of India and Saksham reaffirm their commitment to inclusive cinema and encourage all stakeholders to join this important cause.