Dear Minister of Solidarity and Social Cohesion
Dear Bruno, President of the Vendée General Council
Dear Patrick Nayl, Mayor of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie,
Dear Sophie, Godmother of the “Un autre regard” festival
Ladies and gentlemen partners of the festival,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am particularly pleased to welcome you to rue de Valois with
Roselyne Bachelot for this press conference to launch the
film and disability festival «Un autre regard», carried by the association
First of all, I would like to thank Retour d'image for its
remarkable work she conducts on a daily basis, both on the representation
persons with disabilities in cinematographic works
the accessibility of films, including Diane Maroger, today
by my side to present this festival.
We all know the role that culture can and should play in the
life of a person with a disability, including film, who
is always one of the most popular cultural leisure, with family, between
friends. It is important that everyone has access to it regardless of their situation. I am there
That is why on January 26, we dedicated, with Roselyne
Bachelot, a meeting of the national commission Culture-Handicap aux
and audiovisual sectors. I have ensured that
are taken both on the accessibility of heritage
films that make the news. I am
aware that there is still some way to go in order to
the expectations of persons with disabilities in the field
access to the cinema; however, I believe that we have
a number of important steps.
Again, we worked with the NCC to ensure that captioning
and audio-description, are gradually imposed from post-production.
The new system will provide a strong incentive for
producers, distributors, exhibitors and publishers to integrate the
issue of film accessibility.
The particular question of the development of audio-description reached by
one of the projects undertaken at interdepartmental level: that of
identification and recognition of the trades of disability and
The mission I have set up on the subject should make it possible to
progress in the identification and recognition of trades related to
In order to respect the timetable we have set ourselves with the law
of February 11, 2005, access to cinemas is a project that we
in parallel to the accessibility of works. In this regard, I
emphasize the commitment of operators to compliance
institutions. This is the case for multiplexes, which are
widely accessible to people with motor disabilities.
However, the variety of the park has led us to create the conditions for a
in order to also support the operators of
small cinemas, including art-house cinemas, in the form of a
Finally, I would like to confirm that the Ministry of Culture and
Communication has committed, in connection with the CNC, to produce a new
book from the Culture and Disability collection specifically dedicated to
accessibility to cinema.
Aware of the importance of the issues, we wished, Roselyne
Bachelot and I, give visibility to this fundamental issue
relations between cinema and disability, both vis-à-vis the general public and
professionals. That is why our two departments and the NCC have
support, in connection with the General Council of Vendée and the city
from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, to the organization of the festival Un autre regard
” to be held from March 29 to 31, at the Saint-Gilles
Cross of Life.
I will pay particular attention to Friday, March 30, which will be
for professionals in the production and distribution sector
exploitation and partners of the disability. It will be dedicated to
theme of accessibility of works and institutions
This meeting will allow for exchanges on practical cases
accessibility, which will take into account all the
disabilities: motor, sensory, mental, psychic and cognitive.
In our country, there is a margin of
considerable progress, in terms of reflexes, in terms of state of mind.
This is a prerequisite for any sustainable action. A job
pedagogy is therefore necessary to raise awareness among
culture, like those in associations; to change, above all, the
all of our fellow citizens. I am convinced that the festival
will mark a highlight of this double point of view, and that it will know how to federate the
benefits for people with disabilities. Cinema
can do much to change everyone’s gaze: we have it
with the great success of Intouchables. From this point of view, the
programming proposed by “Un autre regard” seems to me
particularly promising, and I am both proud and happy to bring
my full support for this remarkable initiative.