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Modeling Accessibility and Inclusivity through film-making

Contributed by Elena Carrión Guerrero (Senior Lecturer, Spanish, Department of Romance Studies, CAS, at the Boston University).

1 – Introduction

«In my spring class, LS 306 Spanish through Translation, I was fortunate to receive a grant from the Hub Course Enhancement fund to invite Miguel Ángel Font Bisier, the Spanish filmmaker, screenwriter, and researcher, to speak with my students about accessibility and inclusivity in film-making.

Charla miCINEinclusivo en la Universidad de Boston.

The conversation, entirely conducted in Spanish between my students and our speaker, was extremely inspiring. Miguel Ángel initiated his presentation, engaging the students from the very beginning, by asking them why there was still so much to work on to achieve inclusion in our society. He then presented the different models we live in (traditional, hybrid, or inclusive) drawing on different examples not just pertaining to the cultural world, but also to the fields that students are majoring in.

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Blues Time: English subtitled version

We want to share with you our first inclusive short-film: Blues Time.

This version of the film features English SDH subtitles.

These subtitles are designed, mainly, for deaf or hard-of-hearing viewers. They offer any audible information relevant for the understanding of the plot. SDH are displayed in various places on the screen. Dialogues are highlighted in different colors.

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My Inclusive Cinema: English Presskit

Let us introduce you to our first miCINEinclusivo.com presskit in English. It’s been designed by Maria Kusnadi, an intern we have been collaborating with via LOVE Yourself Project.

Inclusive Filmmaking Presskit
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Blues Time: questions and answers

  • What is Blues Time?

Blues Time is a fictional short film rated for general audiences. It was written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Miguel Ángel Font Bisier and produced by When Lights are Low. The main characters are played by José Manuel Casañ, singer of the infamous rock band “Seguridad Social”, and by Aroa Renau, a child actress and model. The film is 14.30 minutes in length and was shot by a professional film crew in Valencia.

Blues Time’s official poster, by Weaddyou advertising agency.

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Blues Time – Inclusive short film dossier

This is our first inclusive short film dossier. It contains info not just about «Blues Time«, but also about its 21-minute-long documentary «Creating Inclusive Cinema«.

As a novelty, we are happy to share with you that both films have been translated into arab, so that the project can be enjoyed in Spanish, English, Sign Language and Arabic!

Blues Time - Dossier

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