Popular Croatian actors take a positive lead for visually impaired children and adults
ZAGREB, Croatia, 2 November 2011 - Today, four leading Croatian actors Kristina Krepela, Ankica Dobric, Goran Grgic and Damir Markovina teamed up with Tanja Kleut and Gordana Glibo, both blind young women, in the studio to record narrations that will enable visually impaired adults and children to enjoy films that will be screened during the Children’s Rights Festival, to be held 21-24 November in Rijeka and 5 other Croatian cities.
UNICEF teamed up with Ombudsperson for Children, Croatian Film Association, the City of Rijeka, Blitz Cinestar and NGOs Zamisli and Dlan to organise a first inclusive film festival held in Croatia. All screenings will be fully adapted for blind or deaf persons. More than 30 films from Croatia and abroad made by children and adults will be screened during the four day festival, taking place in Rijeka – the Festival’s host city, as well as Osijek, Split, Šibenik, Zadar and Zagreb.
Alongside screenings, Rijeka will host a series of workshops on the rights of children with disabilities and lectures on media literacy and children’s film making. From pre-school to high school, children in Rijeka will have the chance to learn about inclusion through workshops organised by NGOs Ribice (Little Fish) and Zamisli (Imagine).
“I have been doing narrations and adaptations for people who live with blindness occasionally, but never so many films have been adapted for the blind before. I hope this Festival encourages others to do the same and make the film accessible to all.” said Goran Grgić, actor and the President of the Croatian Association of Actors.
This year’s slogan of the Children’s Rights Festival “Everyone would like to go to the cinema!” is a reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure equal rights for children and adults living with disabilities. For many children who are blind or deaf this Festival will be a first cinema experience, however the organisers believe that with time, inclusive screenings will become a standard for all.
Children’s Rights Festival is organised on the occasion of the Day of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, celebrating its 20th anniversary since the ratification in Croatia.