Egypt audio describes its first feature film

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:44pm

On 11 June 2015, the 1963 epic drama Al Nasser Saladin became the first Egyptian feature film to be screened with audio description for blind and vision impaired people.

Poster of the film Al Nasser Saladin

The screening was a collaboration between Masreya Media, Misr International Films and Zawya Cinema, and it is hoped that it will be followed by further screenings of audio described films each month. It followed a symposium on audio description conducted by Masreya Media as part of the Cairo International Cinema and Arts Festival for Children in March.

“This venture aims to fight the marginalization of visually disabled individuals and increase their integration in society by offering a unique experience to those who are deprived of enjoying cinema like others,” said producer/director Marianne Khoury and co-managing partner of Misr International Films and Zawya cinema. She added that, “Plans are underway to expand our efforts and provide more exhilarating, cinematic experiences to those who yearn for them.”

For more information, see this article from Egypt Independent.

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