‘Mr. Jones’ will be the first film that can be visited by blind and deaf people in all cinemas in the country
9 October 2019
For the first time in the history of Ukrainian cinema, blind and deaf people will be able to attend a film exhibition during its release in all cinemas of the country. ‘Mr. Jones’ has become such a movie.
At the initiative of the film producers of the ‘Mr. Jones’ and the agency "Dostupne Kino", an audio description for blind people will be made and subtitles for deaf people will be adapted to the film. During the film release in Ukrainian cinemas, blind and deaf viewers will be able to watch the movie visiting any exhibition and downloading before that the special application on their smartphones.
‘An inclusion in the cinema is when each person, despite his or her disability, can visit a movie performance at a convenient time and watch a film together with others. This is how we see the solution to the problem of film inaccessibility for blind and deaf people in Ukraine. During release of the film ‘Mr. Jones’, blind and deaf people will be able to watch the movie in all cinemas of the country due to a special application. It is a great event for the accessibility of cinema in Ukraine and we are pleased to present a trailer for this film with audio description and adapted subtitles. The next film, which we consider important to make accessible to everyone, is the film Pulse that will be released in early 2020. The film tells us the story of the young Ukrainian athlete Oksana, who receives serious injuries and almost loses her sight after a terrible road accident. But after long rehabilitation and return to incredible training she wins a gold medal at Paralympics in Beijing.
We are sure that it is only the beginning of productive collaboration and there will be even more such projects in the future’, - Egor Olesov, producer of the film ‘Mr. Jones’.
‘An opportunity to watch the movie ‘Mr. Jones’ for all Ukrainians, including those who have visual or hearing disables, has a great social value. In fact, the topic of totalitarianism and the revelation to the world of the truth about the Holodomor in Ukraine is important for everyone, and it would be unfair to take an opportunity to watch this film away from blind and deaf people. The accessibility of cinema culture for everyone is our big goal, and we are working to provide more and more films with audio description and adapted subtitles for Ukrainian cinemas’, - Victoria Luchka, co-founder of the agency ‘Dostupne Kino’.
The project is being implemented with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.