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Making movies accessible will send out message of inclusion: Dipendra Manocha

Panaji, Nov 27 (UNI) Three films for those with special needs are being screened under the ‘Accessible India-Accessible Films’ section of ongoing 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

Sakhsham Trust, a Delhi-based NGO working in the field of empowerment of persons with blindness and low vision, made this possible along with the collaboration of IFFI and UNESCO.

Speaking to media, Saksham founder Dipendra Manocha said making movies accessible to visually impaired people would send out the message of inclusion.
“Accessibility is not only about making buildings accessible. Movies are one of the best entertainment opportunities available for the society. Making movies accessible will create a whole experience of being part of society and be felt that our rights are acknowledged,” he said.

According to  Manocha, in order to ensure more films being easily accessible, there was need to have heart in the right place and it should become norm in the industry.
Sakhsham co-founder Rammi Seth said, “Over the years, the importance of education for the differently abled has been realised. But entertainment too is important for visually impaired people.”

Narendra Joshi, technical expert of Saksham, explained the process of getting a movie ready with audio descriptions. “Audio description isn’t a commentary but a technique so that everyone can understand,” he said.