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Vaughan | 11:43 UK time, Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Oska Bright, the film festival run by, and for, people with learning disabilities, took place earlier this month in Brighton, proving to be another outstanding success, with nearly 1,700 people attending over the course of two days. It's not over yet, either, because now Oska Bright is going on the road, beginning with a trip to Penzance in Cornwall during November, whilst in December Oska Bright will launch in Ireland with some screenings and a big party in Dublin. You can find out more about all upcoming Oska Bright activities on their website.

In the meantime, however, Oska Bright has joined the YouTube generation, displaying some of the festival's award-winning films on the popular video-sharing site. Click here to see the whole selection, whilst embedded below is one that caught the eye of the Ouch team. It's called I Saw a Girl, and it was made by Arty Party. It was the winner of the Best Overall Film category at the 2007 festival.

Watch 'I Saw a Girl' on YouTube

Here's looking forward to Oska Bright 2008, then ...


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  • At 01:56 PM on 31 Oct 2007, Deaf viewer wrote:

Er ... captions? Or at least a description of the sound track? I'm guessing there was music in there somewhere. Or SOMEthing. Because the visuals didn't make a lot of sense to me without knowing whatever it was that was going on in the sound track that I presume was there. Was it meant to be a music video with the focus on the music? Or what? I'm completely lost.

Given that BBC Ouch is supposedly targeted at people with a wide range of disabilities, and not just people with mobility impairments or visual impairments, it would have been nice if there had been a little clarifying text with the video--at least to warn that there are no captions.

It DOES have some nice visual effects. I just wish I could have known more about what sounds were accompanying them (or even knowing about the ABSENCE of sound would have been informative) so I could have had a better basis from which to interpret what I was seeing.



Yep. I haven't worked out how to make YouTube accessible yet either, except to add a caption or clarifying paragraph of text.

Just to say that we appreciate this comment. All Oska Bright films have audio description and/or captions when they are screened. YouTube doesn't currently enable the audio description to be "unembedded" from the films. It would be great if you could come to an Oska Bright on the Road to get the full experience. Meanwhile our apologies - and for your info he is dancing to Abba's Dancing Queen.

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  • At 04:58 PM on 02 Nov 2007, Deaf viewer wrote:

Thank you, Bipolar Works.

It's disappointing, though, that there was no official response from the people who run BBC Ouch! Fine, they didn't produce the video--but they DID choose to put it up. Given their target audience, I think they were obligated to at least provide the explanatory or summary paragraph on the audio content (for people who can't hear) and another on the visual content (for people who can't see). Plus a more explicit warning about the lack of real accessibility for people who are either deaf or visually impaired (or both). That way, you at least acknowledge the problem instead of making an entire segment of your target population wonder why we were abandoned by a web site that is supposedly, in part, FOR US.

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