For 1st time: Movies for blind, deaf now showing

MANILA, Philippines–For the first time, the visually impaired and the deaf or hard-of-hearing will experience a full-length feature film.

Pm Friday at 9 a.m., the 2011 historical drama “Hugo” and three other movies with audio description and subtitle features will be shown simultaneously in four cities across the country.

The films not only inspire. They also show the power of human communication.

The Martin Scorsese film “Hugo” will be screened at Cinema 3 of SM City North Edsa, in Quezon City, while Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” will be shown at SM City Baguio.

Tom Hooper’s “Les Misérables” will be shown at SM City Davao, and Olivier Megaton’s “Taken 2” at SM City Iloilo.

Audio descriptions in the movies are short verbal descriptions of action, while key visual scenes are provided to add context without disturbing the flow of the films.

Descriptions are inserted during pauses between dialogues, said event organizer Edgardo F. Garcia, president of DeafBlind Support Philippines Inc. (DBSP).

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