A first of its kind initiative showcasing sensory-friendly screenings of popular movies for individuals with special needs and their families on every first Sunday at Sathyam Cinemas has completed a year. The initiative by SPI Cinemas is named SENS, 'A Special Show for Special Minds', in association with aSPECIALworld.
The range of films screened varied from The Jungle Book and Rio to Superstar's 2.0 and Petta, depending on which current hits is found most suitable. IIn the programme, Disney's The Lion King was screened for special kids this month.
"Our aim is to create a more inclusive movie viewing environment. For an individual with special needs, accessing many public spaces can be challenging. Sometimes making really simple changes or providing an additional resource including dimmed lights throughout the duration of the show, lowered sound levels, unrestricted movement and a longer intermission can make a world of difference and help create a more inclusive environment. Also specially curated menu of delicious snacks that is sugar free, gluten free and casein free is made available for the children," said Swaroop Reddy of SPI Cinemas.