Original title: From the community to the Paralympic Games, helping the visually impaired “see” light
China Youth Daily·China Youth Daily reporter An Li Pan Jia Xiuzi intern Han Wenyi
Do you know how blind people watch movies?
“Leng Feng stood on the roof of the car, made a flagpole with his arms and torso, put the five-star red flag on his arms, and walked through the smoke-filled war zone…” A “small black room” of 50 to 60 square meters “It was full of people. A beam of white light hits the screen, and the story begins. Next to the screen, a desk lamp lit up. Along with the background sounds and lines of the movie, Du Chengcheng vividly explained the scenes on the screen, leading the blind into the movie world where light and shadow flow.
Du Chengcheng is a community worker in Jiangjiadun Community, Qingshan District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province, and is also a volunteer guide for the blind cinema. Many blind friends who have listened to her movie explanations do not know that she is actually a high-level amputation of her left leg. Disabled people.
During the main torch extinguishing ceremony at the closing ceremony of the 4th Asian Paralympic Games in Hangzhou, Wuhan girl Du Chengcheng described the scene to visually impaired children through narrative. “There is a crack in everything, that’s where the light comes in.” Where does the light of life come from? Du Chengcheng believes that it comes from the selfless love of her parents, the eager expectations of her brothers and sisters with disabilities, and those who have always helped and warmed her. She said: “I am your eyes and you are my light.”
Du Chengcheng lectures on movies for blind people, participates in the rehearsal for the closing ceremony of the 2023 Hangzhou Asian Para Games, and participates in community services and party lectures.Photo provided by interviewee
Sound is visible light
When he was 11 years old, Du Chengcheng was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis by a doctor. After hearing the doctor’s diagnosis, Du Chengcheng felt extremely desperate and felt like the sky was falling. “I don’t dare to imagine my future life at all. I don’t know what I will become.” Thinking about the vast and unknown journey of life, during that time, Du Chengcheng felt that he had lost his way.
However, the pain and torture did not make Du Chengcheng give up. She still insisted on studying and working. After learning about Wuhan City’s unified recruitment of community workers for disabled people, she mustered up the courage to sign up and successfully passed the recruitment exam to become a community worker in Jiangjiadun Community, Qingshan District. Coordinator for persons with disabilities. “My salary was not much at that time, but it didn’t matter. I could support myself. Even doing trivial things meant the dignity and value of life to me,” Du Chengcheng said.
In 2010, when he heard that the Wuhan Disabled Persons’ Federation wanted to build a cinema for the blind in every district, Du Chengcheng signed up without hesitation, “I have always wanted to be a volunteer and help people in need. I also like movies very much. I thought, maybe I can combine my hobby with my expertise and prove that I can do it!”
Talking about movies is not an easy task. When watching a movie, the average audience will internalize the visually captured scenes and form their own understanding. But for blind viewers, the characters and scenes are unknown. How to transform “seen” into “heard” to fill the gap in imagination?
A movie can last more than two hours at most, but to tell a movie to a blind friend, Du Chengcheng needs to watch it over and over at least 20 times. “First, you have to choose the movie, then close your eyes and listen to the movie yourself first, and write down the parts you don’t understand. Watch the movie again and again, and finally start writing the commentary.” When it comes to movie commentary, Du Chengcheng seems to have opened up a chatterbox, “Finally, I will close my eyes and listen to the movie again to check what details I have missed.”
In order to allow the blind to have a deeper understanding of the turbulent years described in “The Founding of the People’s Republic of China” and “The Founding of the Party”, Du Chengcheng will consult a large amount of background information in the early stage and insert it into the narration at the right time, striving to sort out the historical context for the blind friends. Try to figure out the mental journeys of the revolutionary ancestors behind major historical events, and tell them to blind friends so that they can better understand the innocent feelings of their ancestors.
“The first time I talked about a movie, I was very nervous and my voice was trembling.” Du Chengcheng still remembers that the first movie she explained to her blind friends was “The Love of the Hawthorn Tree”. At that time, she was sitting at a small table. In the dimly lit cinema, the blind “audience” was listening attentively. She stared at the screen, for fear of missing any detail. Until the end of the movie, several blind friends came over and said, “The simple and pure love between Lao San and Jingqiu is so beautiful! The last time I saw a movie was 30 years ago, when I was a child. Now that I can ‘watch’ a movie again, we We are all excited.” Du Chengcheng’s nervousness finally eased, and she smiled, “With the help of the power of words and sounds, I helped blind friends understand movies. At that moment, I decided to continue doing this.”
Most blind people seldom go out. For them, a rare cultural and entertainment activity is also an opportunity to integrate into society and make friends. “In this way, we can lead them to experience a more exciting world and use the stories of characters in movies to educate them.” They inspire, which is the biggest motivation for me to continue speaking.” Du Chengcheng said.
Listening to the heart opens the closed hearts of disabled people
In 2018, General Secretary Xi Jinping visited Qingheju Community in Qingshan District, Wuhan City. Seeing that the little girl was in a wheelchair and had limited legs and feet, the general secretary stepped forward quickly, bowed down, stretched out his hands, and held Du Chengcheng’s hands tightly. The general secretary looked at her kindly and listened to her introduction on how to carry out the work of providing film interpretation services for the blind, and praised it as a very meaningful job. When leaving, the general secretary said “thank you” to Du Chengcheng.
“The general secretary’s thank you gave me more motivation to move forward and encouraged me to continue to do better.” Du Chengcheng said sincerely.
Over the years of teaching movies to the blind, Du Chengcheng’s life has also changed. “The biggest change is that the radius of my life has expanded. In the past, it was just between home and work. Now I often go out to tell movies, hold activities, and communicate with different people.” , and also exercised my communication and expression skills.”
Du Chengcheng hopes to bring new choices to blind friends through movies. “I hope that listening to movies can also be a way for blind friends to relieve their depression. When they encounter difficulties and setbacks in life, I also hope that the stories told in the movie and the lifestyle depicted in the movie will bring them new choices.”
A projection screen, a set of professional audio equipment, and the simplest movie theater have become a warm paradise for blind people. For more than 10 years, Du Chengcheng has narrated more than 300 movies including “Above the Cliff”, “The Founding of the People’s Republic of China” and “The Founding of the Party”, and written more than 1 million words of commentary for more than 80 movies. In addition to lecturing on movies in blind cinemas, she also An online live broadcast channel has been opened. Through the online live broadcast platform, nearly one million people have listened to the movies she explained.
At the beginning of 2020, the sudden COVID-19 epidemic put Wuhan in the “eye of the storm.” Everyone’s life has been affected in many ways, and at the same time, anxiety is spreading. Du Chengcheng is a native of Wuhan, a Communist Party member and a community worker. It is discipline and a requirement for her to be at work at any time. Due to her physical inconvenience, she was assigned to the information group, and her main responsibility was to answer questions, clarify rumors, and popularize epidemic prevention knowledge for residents in the WeChat group.
“I didn’t wear a mask today and I met someone. What if he got sick?” “I had a sore throat. I went to the doctor and it hurt even more when I came back. Do you think I’m okay?”…Similar questions, Du Chengcheng answers this question many times every day. While calming everyone’s emotions and accepting various consultations related to the epidemic, she also collected authoritative information, popularized epidemic prevention knowledge, and refuted rumors in a timely manner.
Du Chengcheng found that many people were at a loss when facing the epidemic, and some people “believed whatever others said” and lacked judgment. Disabled people in the area have fewer ways to obtain information and are more psychologically fragile. Therefore, it is important to guide everyone over in a timely manner, refute rumors, answer questions, and communicate quietly.
During that time, in addition to his daytime work, Du Chengcheng also joined three online psychological counseling platforms and provided voluntary psychological counseling services online every night for netizens who needed psychological counseling. She often starts work at 7:30 in the morning and doesn’t put down her phone until 2 in the morning. “I have encountered great setbacks in my life. I hope to use my experience to encourage more people so that they will not be afraid when facing the epidemic and not be depressed when encountering setbacks. If the beauty of life is obscured, Shadows don’t matter, if you grow in the direction of light, you will definitely break through the haze and embrace the sunshine.” Du Chengcheng said.
Use sound to deliver “light” to the blind in the darkness
General Secretary Xi Jinping pays special attention to disabled people. “Able-bodied people can live a wonderful life, and disabled people can also live a wonderful life.” “I hope you will continue to use practical actions to shine the light of life and interpret and write a life without regrets.” “. Inspiring words and affectionate moments inspire disabled people to strive for self-improvement and live a wonderful life.
Neurofibroma took away Du Chengcheng’s left leg, but she worked hard to pass on happiness to others. Whether it is telling movies to the blind or working in the community, every detail is a footnote to Du Chengcheng’s hard life and the footsteps of her pursuit of light. She lived to be the light for others. She said: “I just want to be the light in their darkness. I am very happy to do more for my friends with disabilities and become their light.”
Du Chengcheng’s story of struggle is a vivid epitome of how Chinese disabled people in the new era continue to realize their yearning for a better life. With her ten years of persistence, volunteers from all walks of life have been influenced by her. More and more people have joined the team of telling movies to the blind. More and more disabled people are living actively and taking the initiative. In the fields they love, Each field creates its own splendor.