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Film Fest Gent - Performance: Blind Cinema
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duration: 60 minutes

Film Fest Gent in Vooruit

In the darkness of a cinema space, the audience sits blindfolded. Behind each row of audience members is a row of children who in hushed voices describe a film only they can see. Accompanied by the soundtrack (which has no dialogue), the whispered descriptions are a fragile, fragmentary and at times struggling but courageous attempt by the children to make sense of what they see projected on the screen.

Based on the method of audio description, BLIND CINEMA as a live event is an experience where the act of watching a film becomes a shared investment: A collaborative and imaginative act between seeing children and blinded adults. It embraces the fact that the act of trying to find the right words to describe (even if at times being 'at a loss for words') and of trying to hold onto the unstable images created in the mind's eye, will always only be an approximation. To articulate in words in order to share experiences involves a struggle, a struggle that might be closest to those in the midst of discovering language's potential and limits.

In focusing on that which lies beyond the sense of sight (leaving the illusory reality of cinema to re-enter that of the imagination), the attention oscillates between each shared but internal world guided by the whispering voice, and the shared physical space of the darkened cinema.

The film screened during the performance will be seen by the children for the first time. Each performance involves a new group of children (aged between 8 and 10) and is preceded by a workshop.

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