India International Disability Film Festival begins in Chennai

The seventh edition of AbilityFest, the India International Disability Film Festival, held every two years, will start on 11 September.

The three-day festival seeks to promote inclusion in every aspect of life and will be held at Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai.

Around 35 movies from across the world and detailing the lives of persons with disabilities will be screened.

Started in 2005 by the Ability Foundation, the festival aims to bridge the divide between persons with and without disabilities and sensitize people at large.

This year’s edition will start with the screening of an Israeli movie, My Hero Brother. This movie, which has been praised across the world, is about a group of young people with Down's Syndrome who undertake a challenging trekking at the Himalayas, along with their siblings.

The venue has been made accessible, and all the films will have subtitles. The festival will screen the latest Tamil hit Vikram Vedha. The film will have pre-recorded audio, describing the scenes, between dialogues. This will change the movie experience for the blind.

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