China Daily European Weekly - - Big Picture - By LIU KUN liukun@chi­ Un­der the Hawthorn Tree

At a cin­ema for the vis­ually im­paired in Wuhan, the cap­i­tal of Hubei prov­ince, Du Chengcheng, 29, de­scribes what is hap­pen­ing on the screen so blind peo­ple can “watch” movies.

She says that in the past seven years, she has de­scribed 200 movies for nearly 5,000 blind or vis­ually im­paired peo­ple and writ­ten com­men­taries on more than 30 movies.

The cin­ema was founded in 2001 in the Jiangjiadun com­mu­nity, where Du works in the com­mu­nity ser­vice of­fice. was the first movie Du ever “de­scribed”. Af­ter down­load­ing the movie, she watched it 10 times. She even “watched” it with her eyes closed so she could bet­ter un­der­stand how her au­di­ence would ex­pe­ri­ence it with­out her com­men­tary.

When the lights came on af­ter the screen­ing, she saw that many in the au­di­ence were cry­ing, which Du took pride in. She knew they would not have been able to ex­pe­ri­ence the film so deeply with­out her com­men­tary.

Gui Yuchun, 54, who lost eye­sight be­cause of a brain tu­mor, reg­u­larly vis­its the cin­ema. “The last time I had seen a movie was when I was a child. Now 20 years have passed and I can ‘see’ the movies again, thanks to Du,” Gui says.

Wu Yuan­mei, deputy sec­re­tary of Jiangjiadun’s com­mu­nity ser­vice of­fice, calls Du a “lov­ing an­gel”.

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