She brings lights, camera, action to the blind


She brings lights, camera, action to the blind

Durban’s Shakila Maharaj is filling the silence in films and TV shows for visually impaired people. Here’s how

Senior reporter

How do blind Netflix viewers know what is happening when there is silence on screen as a killer is about to pounce or a tall, dark someone bestows a smouldering look on a waitress at his favourite coffee shop?

They rely on audio descriptions, many of which have been provided by Durban’s Shakila Maharaj, who lost her sight when she was 20.

The organisational psychologist, who runs what is believed to be Africa’s only audio description company, has provided services for Seriously Single, Kings of Johannesburg and Riding With Sugar...

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