A Day Experiencing "Barrier-free," Movies That Everyone Can Enjoy
With a powerful sound on the wide screen! From brilliant acting to a well-woven story…
Movies are a delightful pastime enjoyed with all five senses.
Have you ever stopped to wonder how people with sensory disabilities, especially those with visual or hearing impairments, enjoy movies?
Until recently, movie viewing was a big barrier to people with such disabilities. However, barrier-free movies, which started appearing in 2012, have enabled them to overcome this barrier and enjoy movies.
What Are Barrier-free Movies?
Barrier-free movies are movies that render sounds in subtitles for the hearing impaired and narrate everything seen on the screen in a human voice for the visually impaired. Through this process, a barrierless culture that everyone can enjoy is created.
Particularly in December, there was a barrier-free movie experience program hosted by CGV and CJ Donors Camp. More than 1,000 children from 5 regions — Ansan, Suwon, Daejeon, Daegu and Busan — have taken part in experiencing a barrier-free film production process. In addition, next week, as many as 1000 disabled children from the Seoul and Gyeonggi areas will have a special meeting with Koh Hee-Young, the director of the movie "See-Saw." Drum rolls~
Of all the film production program that went on until last week, CJ Donors Camp will now give you a glimpse into the scenes of the day when the children surprised us with their passionate response.
The barrier-free movie experience for December 14th was held at CGV Suwon. The children started huddling together 30 minutes before the screening of the movie of the day and anxiously waited for the movie to start, enjoying popcorn and soft drinks. Their eyes were all lit up with huge expectations.
The movie that the children watched was "See-Saw," a documentary film that chronicled ten days spent together on Jeju Island by Lee Dong-Wu, who lost his sight due to retinitis pigmentosa, and Lim Jae-Shin, who can not move due to muscular atrophy. A journey made by Lim Jae-Shin who wants to give Lee Dong-Wu his sight, the only thing left of him, and Lee Dong-Wu who wants to understand Lim Jae-Shin's particular desire.
How do you think a journey of a man who can only see and a man who can do everything but see turned out? Let's find out in the movie!
The children eagerly wait in line in an orderly manner! A movie is about to begin!
The children quickly scurried into the theater and are ready to watch the movie! Afterwards, the children were given a brief explanation of the day's event and began watching the movie in excitement.
While watching the movie, the children deeply felt for the disabilities that Lee Dong-Wu and Lim Jae-Shin had, but they also felt that those disabilities did not frustrate the two but instead encouraged them to start anew.
CJ Donors Camp believes that, today, the children perhaps discarded their prejudices about disabilities and learned to be considerate towards people with disabilities.
After the movie ended, a barrier-free filmmaker from the Korea Federation of the Blind told the children about what barrier-free movies are and their development process.
The filmmaker said that the main components of a barrier-free film are voice narrations of the scenes in between dialogue and Korean subtitles that describe every sound information in the movie, including dialogue, music, sound, and effects and that the key to make a good barrier-film movie is to observe the picture carefully and then describe everything you see as if you are describing them to your friend.
Afterwards, the children watched See-Saw which lasted for a brief 3 minutes and participated in an activity where they made and presented barrier-free movie subtitles themselves. During the presentation, various kinds of children could be seen, from one who did impersonations to one who told hilarious jokes to one whose subtitles felt as if they were written by a professional writer. The writer hosting the event was also surprised by the children's talents. I could not hide my smile at the sight of children raising their hands to be picked as presenters.
The day's barrier-free movie experience ended with presentations from children.
Now, how about we hear what participants thought of today's barrier-free movie experience?
Kim Bok-Hee, Chairman of Suwon Regional Children's Center Association
Please introduce yourself.
Hello. My name is Kim Bok-Hee, and I serve as the superintendent of Maeyeowool Learning Place Regional Children's Center and the chairman of Suwon Regional Children's Center Association.
What motivated you to participate in today's experience?
I thought that it would serve as a good opportunity to introduce a different genre of movies to children. In addition, I thought that through the movie "See-Saw," children would be able to abandon their prejudices and learn to recognize disabled people and non-disabled people as one, and that's another reason why I applied for the experience program.
This is the first time that I learned about barrier-free movies, which I found to be very meaningful. I learned a lot thanks to this experience program.
My local children's center also has some children with disabilities. The children without disabilities at the center often offer help to those with disabilities. Like the characters in "See-Saw", the movie I saw today. In that regard, I thought that people with disabilities must help each other, and by joining forces, they can overcome their disabilities as well.
It was a very moving and meaningful time.
What do you think culture means to children?
I think culture is extremely important. At our center alone, 40 children spend their day focusing on study programs in a small space. But sometimes, they go out and attain new experiences, such as watching movies like this, and that has a profound effect on children's emotions. It has a far greater effect than seeing writings and hearing words indoors.
I know that CJ Donors Camp is providing a lot of help, but in my position, I hope you can provide more help. It would be really appreciated if you could send the children on a trip each quarter of the year! I promise that I will join the trips!
Do you have anything to say to CJ Donors Camp?
I'd like to thank you for providing various programs not only to Suwon Children's Center but also to other children's centers around Korea. Thank you again for providing a lot of programs that are very important for the emotional development of children, such as movie experience and field trip programs.
This year, however, the support for regional children's centers was lacking. I'm concerned that there are not enough presents for the children although it is the end of the year. I hope that you will continue to contribute to the spread of donation culture and that you will offer an abundance of participation opportunities not only to the centers but also to the association.
Despite the interview being brief, she wanted to speak as many words as possible, her sincerity feeling palpable. Dear chairman of Suwon Regional Children's Center Association! CJ Donors Camp also would like to thank you for your efforts!
Then, it's about time that we heard the stories of the children who participated in today's experience. Maybe because they learned so much from the experience, the children competed to be interviewed, which gave this blogger a heck of a time.
Student Kim Yoon-Hee said that after watching "See-Saw," she felt that she should make efforts to help people with disabilities. She also added that she was at first stumped as to how to fill out the program form during the barrier-free movie experience, but she was eventually able to fill out the form through continuous contemplation.
Student Lee Na-Young said that should she meet children with disabilities in the future, she would carefully listen to what they want to say. And she also expressed huge admiration for writers.
Student Lee So-Eun shouted with a resounding voice, "Please help children with disabilities!" And she also added that she really wanted to write a lot during the barrier-free creation activity, but there wasn't enough space.
I hope that the children will continue to offer caring hearts for children with disabilities and show interest in barrier-free movies in the future.
Lee Na-Kyung, a sixth grader at Gohyun Elementary School, said that she changed her preconception that people with disabilities cannot do anything without help from others after watching them do everything on their own in the movie. And student Lee Na-Kyung made a very good presentation during the barrier-free movie production activity. Upon being asked the secret to making such a good presentation, she said that she was able to write better through contemplating together with student Lee So-Heon, who sat next to her.
Student Lee Na-Kyung says that her dream is to become a doctor. How about striving to become a writer instead?
Lee So-Heon, a sixth grader at Gosaek Elementary School, said that she realized how valuable friends are from watching "See-Saw." She also added that when making her own barrier-free movie subtitles, she focused on how friends depend on each other. Student Lee So-Heon hopes to become a judge and thereby create a world without unfairly treated people, and her love for people was clearly felt.
I am certain that if children continue to have an interest in barrier-free movies and show warm hearts towards people with disabilities, the world will become a better place.
CJ Donors Camp will cheer for them to grow up into adults without having any prejudices!