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Movies for the blind to be available at libraries

SPECIAL editions of movies for blind people are to be available at some local libraries from next week.

They will have an audio track describing the action for blind people and are also to have subtitles with added descriptions for deaf people.

The Shanghai Disabled Persons' Federation and local movie manufacturers have established a studio to add the audio track and subtitles.

The idea was developed by a staff member with the Shanghai Film Group. The group and the Shanghai Animation Film Studio will provide the movies, both Chinese and imported ones. Experienced dubbing actors will participate in the recordings, the federation said.

"Writing the audio track is like writing a new script, it's really hard work," said federation official Bao Yu.

The first movie will be "Examination 1977," about the first college entrance examination after the "culture revolution," which is now playing in cinemas. "The audio track will be recorded by Di Feifei, one of the best dubbing actors with the SFG," Bao said.

Other movies under preparation include "Quill," about guide dogs, and "Tokyo Trial," about the International Military Tribunal for the Far East after Japan surrendered after World War II. Animations for children are also being prepared.

The movies will be available from the Shanghai Library and district libraries especially for disabled people.


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