10th February 2019
Profile: Eyes of blinds: Man presents movies for blind audience
While many Chinese are going to movies during the week-long Spring Festival holiday for fun, in a cinema in northern China’s Tianjin Municipality, Zheng Wei explained the film “The Spring Festival” for a group of blind audience.
“Fireworks light up the dark on New Year’s Eve. Children are playing in an open place covered with white snow,” Zheng described the visual elements of the movie, holding a microphone and a script.
As the founder of a “cinema for the blind” in Tianjin, Zheng, 55, has insisted on brightening the dark world of the visually impaired people in his own way for 11 years.
Shao Yuxiang and her husband, a blind couple, are regular visitors to the cinema. She wears an elegant yellow sweater to attend the significant “movie day” for them.
Since October 2007, the free audio-described movie starts at 9:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month. There have been over 150 movies screened to more than 20,000 blind visitors so far.