Video narrative description of visual information.
The video begins with an image of a young woman and a young man, show from the shoulders up, coming together in a close embrace to kiss passionately. They young woman, who is shown on the left, has light skin and long blond hair and is wearing a red beret on her head. She has her arms around the young man’s neck. The young man who is shown on the right, has light skin, short brown hair and a facial ‘stubble’. It is apparent from their facial features that they both have Down syndrome.
At the 4 second mark, the camera pans out to reveal a group of people behind the young woman, crowding closely around her and attentively observing the young couple kissing and smiling. There is a middle aged woman and a middle aged man, another young woman and a young man and an older woman. They are all light skinned and wearing the same red beret as the young woman, and all of them are wearing camel colour coats like the young woman in the first scene.
At the 6 second mark, the camera pans out even more to reveal that this is a night time outdoor scene outside a movie theatre. At the centre of the scene, stand the young couple who are still kissing passionately. Now you can see them standing in full. A group of people is standing behind each of them. The people behind the young woman, who are on the left side of the screen, are dressed identically to her in red berets, camel coats, red trousers and red handbags and the people standing behind the young man, on the right of the screen, are dressed identically to him, in blue denim jackets and olive green pants. You can see that they include a middle aged man and a middle aged woman, an older woman and a younger woman. Both groups appear to mirror the slight head movements of the young man and woman as they continue to kiss passionately while the words “Just the two of us” are heard in the music track playing throughout the scene.
At the 9 second mark, the camera is angled to capture the face of the young man from the shoulders up, with some of the group behind him who are watching looking pleased. The young man then stops kissing and looks to the people behind him. They are smiling but he is not.
At the 12 second mark, the setting changes and the scene opens with 2 full champagne glasses clinking at the centre. You can see that they are being held by several hands, and arms but no faces are shown. The “arms” to the left of the screen dressed in red, and those to the right of the screen are dressed in dark brown.
At the 14 second mark, the camera pans out to reveal that the young couple are seated at a fine dining restaurant table, with white table cloth, and candle right. The young woman is seated the left and there is a champagne bucket next to her, and the young man is seated on the right. The setting is intended to convey a romantic atmosphere but the same groups of people from the movie theatre scene that are associated with each couple, are shown to be standing behind them, crowding around the restaurant table. The group behind the young woman are dressed identically to her, wearing long sleeved red dresses, and the group behind the young man are dressed identically to him, wearing dark shirts and trousers. They help to hold their champagne glasses and bring them to the lips of the young man and young woman, who are looking serious.
At the 16 second mark, the setting changes to a park with large trees and grassed areas, and cleared tracks with green wooden slat benches at the side of the tracks. At the centre of the image there is a tourist tuk tuk bicycle, pedalled by a person wearing a top hat, a waistcoat and trousers. A large group of people are seated and perched on the tuk tuk bicycle. The image shows the person pedalling slowly and using great effort to make the overcrowded tuk tuk bicycle move.
At the 19 second mark, the camera angle changes to face the front of the tuk tuk bicycle which is decorated with pink and red flowers to signify a romantic setting, and shows the young couple seated next to each other at the centre of the image. The young woman is seated to the left wearing beige trousers and a cream and blue horizontal striped sweater and the young man is seated to the right, wearing blue trousers and an olive green jacket. The people on the tuk tuk bicycle standing next to and behind the young woman are wearing identical clothes to her, and the people standing next to and behind the young man are wearing identical clothes to him. Joggers and strollers can be seen around the park.
At the 21 second mark, the camera focuses in on a framed photograph of the young woman and young man together, showing their faces from the shoulders up. They are not smiling. The camera slowly pans out to reveal more of the photographs. The young man is holding a bunch of flowers, dressed in a light blue sweater and jeans, and the young woman is wearing a camel colored cable knit and cream trousers. The camera continues to pan out to show finally that this image of the couple is part of a large group photograph that includes the same people that have accompanied the young woman and young man in all the preceding scenes. The people standing next to and behind the young woman are wearing identical clothes to her, and the people standing next to and behind the young man are wearing identical clothes to him. Everyone except for the young couple are smiling.
At the 24 second mark, the setting changes and the image shows a mirrored disco ceiling ball spinning. This is followed by a scene showing the young couple, looking serious, under pink lights, surrounded by other people who are standing very close to them and swaying in time with the young couple. The camera pans out to reveal that they are all on a dance floor underneath the disco ball. There is another couple dancing by themselves on another part of the dance floor, and other couples and waiting staff.
At the 31 second mark, the setting changes again and the young man is show outdoors, wearing a shirt and suit jacket and holding a pink ring box. He is surrounded by the people who have followed him in the previous scenes, dressed identically to him. As he lowers down with the ring box to kneel, they do too.
At the 32 second mark, the camera pans out to reveal that the young man was on a small scenic bridge over a stream, on the left of the screen kneeling in front of the young woman, who is on the right of the screen and surrounded by the same people who have followed her in the previous scenes, dressed identically to her.
At the 34 second mark, the camera is positioned facing the young man and his group, he is clearly holding a pink ring box and they are helping him to present it.
At the 35 second mark, the camera changes to face the young woman and her group. She is holding her hands in front of her mouth in a gesture of delighted surprise, and the people behind her, in identically clothing, are doing the same.
At the 36 second mark, the setting changes again and the young man and young woman are shown in a sauna. He has a black towel around his shoulders, and the young woman has a white towel wrapped around her head and another white towel wrapped around her chest covering her body. Sitting next to and behind each of them, are the people who have followed each of them in the previous scenes, in dark and white towels worn identically to them. As the young man moves slightly closer to the young woman, so do the behind him who are mirroring his moves. The same thing then happens with the young woman and the people who are with her. The young man and young woman are not smiling.
At the 40 second mark, the setting changes again and the young man and young woman are in bed together, each with their arms straightened alongside their body and looking at the ceiling. She is on the right side, wearing a black night dress. He is on the left side wearing a wine colours top and plaid pyjama pants. They are not smiling. The white bed sheets have been scattered with red flower petals. Around them, in the bed and next to it, are the same people that have followed each of them in the previous scenes. They are cosied up, looking on with smiles and wearing identical night dresses and pyjamas.
At the 43 second mark, the couple sit up on the bed and jump over the sheets as if to leave the overcrowded bed.
At the 47 second mark, the setting changes to outside the bedroom door, which is shown to be hotel bedroom door marked “321”, and we see an older man with light skin and white hair then emerge wearing the wine coloured t-shirt and plaid pyjama trousers that match the young man. He is followed by the other people in the group, wearing the same outfit or the black night dress.
At the 49 second mark, as the group are leaving through the hotel bedroom door, the words “Love needs space” are shown across the screen. This is followed by an image of 2 separate groups of people standing in the hotel corridor, divided into the respective outfits of the wine colour top and plaid pyjama pants identical to the young man, and black night dress identical to the young woman. This time the people are the ones who are not smiling.
At the 54 second mark, the camera pans to the bedroom door again. The young man is standing at front and moving to shut the bedroom door and the young woman is standing behind him waving at the people outside. They are both smiling.
At the 56 second mark, the door shuts and the camera pans out to show a hotel food trolley with white table cloth, food items and a rose, stationed outside the hotel room door marked “321”. The words “People with Down syndrome” appear in white, followed by the words “have the right to an independent love life”.
At the 101 second mark, the setting changes again to inside the bedroom, with the camera positioned above the bed looking down, as the young couple once again lie down, embrace and begin to kiss passionately. The words “Just the two of us” appear on the screen in white, and then the word “.org” are added in yellow at the end of those words.
At the 107 second mark, the image of the young couple kissing in bed begins to blur, and the words “CoorDown” followed by “supported by Control” appear on the screen.
At the 110 second mark, the spinning mirrored disco ball from the earlier dance floor appears again, blurred, and a series of logos follow. The first is the official logo for “World Down Syndrome Day” which stylises a love heart symbol with the number 21 and a world map, with the words “World Down Syndrome Day”. Underneath, the words “in partnership with” are to the left of the logos of Down’s Syndrome Association (UK) and Down Syndrome Australia, followed by the words “under the patronage of” to the left of the logos of “Down Syndrome International” and “Fondazione Cariplo”.