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YouTube and Tribeca Enterprises recently joined together to announce We Are One: A Global Film Festival, and today, we’re excited to share that you can experience part of this one-of-a-kind event in VR with Oculus TV on Oculus Quest.
Now through June 7, a selection of 360° films will be available to watch in Oculus TV on Oculus Quest. Here’s a look at what’s on offer:
Alteration (USA, Streaming Premiere) 18 min.
Alexandro volunteers for an experiment carried out to study dreams in this poetic trip into the future. He can’t imagine that he will be subjected to the intrusion of Elsa, a form of Artificial Intelligence who aims to digitize his subconscious in order to feed off of it. She’s a vampire... bit by megabit. Featuring Bill Saarsgard (IT, IT: Chapter Two) and Pom Klementieff (Guardians of The Galaxy, Avengers: Endgame).
Bloodless (South Korea, Online Premiere) 12 min.
Bloodless traces the last living moments of a real-life sex worker who was brutally murdered by a US soldier at the Dongducheon Camptown in South Korea in 1992. Portraying the last hours of her life in the camp town, the VR film transposes a historical and political issue into a personal and concrete experience. This film was shot on location where the crime took place, bringing to light ongoing experiences at the 96 camp towns near or around the US military bases.
Daughters of Chibok (Nigeria, Online Premiere) 11 min.
In 2014, the sleepy agrarian community of Chibok (Borno State, Northeast Nigeria) was thrust into the global spotlight when the dreaded, anti-women education, terrorist group Boko Haram stormed the town at night and abducted 276 teenage schoolgirls from their dormitories. The world watched in shock and horror as videos of the girls, surrounded by machine gun-wielding terrorists, surfaced all over the internet and satellite channels across the globe. The VR film deals with the aftermath of the kidnappings and explores topical global issues of gender rights and the right to education.
Extravaganza (USA, Online Premiere) 6 min.
Extravaganza mixes 3D animation and live-action footage in a bitingly funny satire. You are a puppet trapped in a stunningly offensive puppet show, performing for a clueless executive (Paul Scheer). Confronted with his obvious blind spots and prejudices, Extravaganza asks: Can technology change society for the better, or does it just magnify our worst traits in new ways? Featuring Paul Scheer (The Good Place, Veep) and John Gemberling (Broad City, Big Mouth).
Ghost Fleet (USA, Special Presentation) 8 min.
At 14, Tun Lin was kidnapped from Thailand and sold into slavery. He spent the next 14 years on a ship, forced to fish without pay. With the help of a humanitarian agency, Tun Lin escaped and returned home—but many are not so lucky. Ghost Fleet VR offers epic storytelling and takes us to the ships, ports, and seas where the slave trade takes place, exposing these injustices and their relationship to the lucrative fishing industry.
L'ile Des Morts (France, Special Presentation) 8 min.
Isle of the Dead is a timeless journey, starting from an everyday apartment towards our final destination, guided by Charon, ferryman of the Underworld. This VR experience is a loose recreation of the eponymous work painted in 1883 by the Swiss symbolist painter Arnold Böcklin.
Minotaur (Canada, Special Presentation) 7 min.
Produced by NFB, Munro Ferguson’s latest film is a virtual reality animation that takes the viewer on an abstract mythical journey towards death and rebirth. Step into a 3D stereoscopic virtual reality film and experience the Minotaur’s emotional trajectory, from love through fear and anger to hate and, finally, to a well-deserved sense of calm. Featuring an original soundtrack by Kid Koala.
My Africa (USA/UK, Special Presentation) 9 min.
In Northern Kenya, the futures of wildlife and people are intertwined. Stand in the midst of a thundering wildebeest migration, witness a lioness snatch her prey—and meet a community dedicated to saving Africa’s wildlife in My Africa. The mixed-reality, companion experience puts participants in the shoes of a Reteti Elephant Sanctuary keeper caring for the newest arrival, a baby elephant named Dudu. Featuring Lupita Nyongo (12 Years A Slave, US).
On / Off (Online Premiere)
A salute to hospital workers.
Passenger (Australia, Online Premiere) 10 min.
You are sitting in the back of a taxi, driving in the dark. As the landscape begins to change, the outside environment becomes increasingly surreal. You piece together your story—abstracted and dream-like— as you progress into the quiet shock of a new world. This 360° stop-motion VR tells the story of arriving in a new country to live. Your taxi driver, himself a migrant to Australia, navigates the new terrain with you, acting as your guide while also revealing parts of his own story. Passenger recreates and investigates the geographic and visual dislocation of arriving somewhere unfamiliar and beginning the journey of finding a new home in a foreign land.
Step To The Line (USA/Brazil, Special Presentation) 12 min.
Shot entirely on location in a California maximum security prison, Step to the Line is a documentary that aims to provoke a transformation in the spectator’s eyes about prisoners, the prison system, and themselves. In this project, we see how release from incarceration can be just as jarring as intake, and how parallel lives diverge when someone serves time.
Traveling While Black (USA, Special Presentation) 20 min.
The Green Book was a survival guide, first published in 1936, that African American travelers relied on to avoid brutal discrimination; it listed safe places that would fulfill their basic needs. In 1958, Ben and Virginia Ali’s new restaurant, Ben’s Chili Bowl, joined the list. This installation invites viewers into Roger Ross Williams’s emotionally moving VR experience about race and restricted movement in America, and afterward connect in an intimate booth at Ben’s Chili Bowl. Directed by Academy Award Winner Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated).
The Waiting Room (Online Premiere) 15 min.
The Waiting Room is a VR journey that tells the story of Victoria Mapplebeck’s breast cancer (as patient and director) from diagnosis through treatment to recovery. The lynchpin of this VR piece is a 9-minute durational 360° take, a reconstruction of Victoria’s last session of radiotherapy. The user finds themselves in an intimate and unexpected role of bystander. This experience is counterbalanced by a CGI journey inside her body. Cancer cells, CT scans, mammograms, and ultrasound provide a 3D portrait of Victoria’s body from the inside out. The Waiting Room begins with a personal journey but as cancer affects one in two of us over the course of a lifetime, it also tells a very universal story.
The festival will benefit the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as local relief partners helping those affected by COVID-19. Visit YouTube.com/WeAreOne for the full festival programming or click here for more information.