How does a show actually take place ?

The Ciné-ma difference initiative is basically a human endeavor. It is designed so as to inform, surround, and calm the spectators.

The film shows take place on week-ends, on a regular basis, in PG cinemas, where the theater hall is accessible for the disabled. Small adaptations are put in place : the lights are turned off progressively, the sound is lowered so as not to hurt sensitive ears, there are no advertisements, but the key element is the friendly welcome by trained volunteers. The welcoming starts at the entrance of the movie hall. A preliminary information, both verbal and in writing, is provided to each spectator .Volunteers are present at the entrance door, near the cashier, in front and within the hall. The spectators are greeted and guided, and with a few welcoming words they feel welcomed in this place which is unfamiliar for most of them. Once everyone is seated, an organizer welcomes the crowd and explains briefly the whereabouts of these particular film shows. This announcement refers to some concrete situations which may happen during the show and, while playing them down and making them collective, enables to relax the accompanying persons and the general atmosphere as well as to inform the non disabled spectators. Finally, we run one of our two cartoons which emphasizes visually the welcoming speech and enables disabled people to become fully acquainted :

« Pop Up » film displayed before the film
« Cartoon » film displayed before the film

During the film, volunteers are present at every critical spot of the hall. Recognized by their yellow jackets, and equipped with torch lights, they can “surround” a somewhat stressed spectator, reassure accompanying persons that “is is not so bad”, and repeat that if a spectator needs to have a break they can go out for a few minutes and come back without harm. At the exit : a few farewell words are exchanged to comment the film and say goodbye.

What actually happens during a show ?

The friendly welcome, the feeling of being accepted, the information on what may actually happen during the show and the volunteers’ position as mediators, contribute to a peaceful unfolding of most film shows. The attention does not focus on someone who stands up, applauses, shouts or laughs without apparent reason, the absence of pressure helps to timely restore calm. The accompanying persons, parents, siblings, are relaxed and enjoy this moment of shared leisure. The non disabled people being informed, their reactions due to misunderstanding disappear. Most of all, there is a strong experience of pleasure to be present amidst others, to share the pleasure of a film and to meet with other persons, whether alike or different.