The SFPL Library for the Blind and Print Disabled invites you to join us for an audio-described film, followed by a discussion.
January's Film: War Horse.
Staring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson and David Thewlis
Directed by Steven Spielberg, this epic adventure is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity. Based on the Tony award-winning Broadway play, and set against the sweeping canvas of World War I, this deeply heartfelt story begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and his young trainer Albert. When they are separated by war, we follow Joey's extraordinary journey as he changes and inspires the lives of everyone he meets. Filled with spectacularly rich visuals, War Horse is a "Genuine Movie Masterpiece." (Rex Reed NY Observer.) Description copied from the film jacket.
Nominated for six Academy Awards and winner of the American Film Institute Movie of the Year 2011
Question: How can a Blind or partially sighted person enjoy a feature film without relying on someone to whisper the visual aspects of the movie in his or her ear?
Answer: Audio-described films include a second soundtrack that describes the sets, costumes and any visual cues that the director uses to establish place, create mood and foreshadow events.
Join us for a movie followed by a discussion about the film and the effectiveness of the audio-descriptions.
Sighted people are welcome. If you find it distracting to listen to the descriptions while watching the movie, you might try closing your eyes.
Please note that we must request noise be kept to a minimum during the film so people can hear the descriptions.
Unfortunately there currently is no option to include closed captioning for the Deaf and hard of hearing with audio description.