Alternate Realities for Latin America
Tell Me Your Secrets
22nd July - 19th November 2017
We are proud to partner with Sheffield Doc/Fest to bring some highlights of their Alternative Realities programme on tour in Latin America later this year.
For the Realidades Alternativas programme, nine projects -- including virtual reality experiences and interactive documentaries -- will travel to the DocMontevideo in Uruguay (July 22-28), DOSCP in Brazil (October 2-7), and Noviembre Electrónico in Argentina (November 12-19).
A number of the selected experiences will be translated into Spanish and Portuguese specially for the tour, which is a Doc/Fest initiative supported by the British Council in partnership with the three festival destinations.
Dan Tucker, curator of Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities programme, said: “From gaming to virtual reality and interactive installations, I am thrilled that this specially curated selection of the Alternate Realities programme is heading to Latin America.
“I am also delighted that the Tour is in partnership with the British Council. The selection has a focus on stories of our natural habitat, the lives of Syrian refugees and the importance of intimacy and empathy in order to promote a better understanding of each other.
“Even better, several of the Alternate Realities projects we have chosen document the region itself. It feels essential to us that these world leading projects, that tell such profound stories and showcase cutting edge technologies, are reaching audiences globally.”
Briony Hanson, director of film at the British Council, added: “We’re excited to be partnering with Sheffield Doc/Fest to tour their excellent Alternative Realities programme to Latin America, and internationalise their visionary programme to a whole new market.
“The profound stories told through this programme are as relevant overseas as they are innovative in form, and we’re immensely proud to be enabling this work to inspire and challenge audiences and practitioners across the Americas.”
The projects on tour are:
Greenpeace’s Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon (James Manisty, Grace Boyle, Pete Speller / UK, Brazil / 2017) is the result of a two-year collaboration with award-winning producers Alchemy VR and The Feelies, the first public multi-sensory cinema based around virtual reality. The immersive installation tells the story of the Munduruku, an Indigenous People of the Brazilian Amazon who are resisting plans for a huge complex of hydro-electric dams that will flood the forest that is their home. The compelling visual narrative also translates real multisensory data into a coherent wider story for audiences, testing the boundaries of storytelling by taking them on narrative journeys that speak to all of their senses.
Produced by Francois Martin Saint Léon, ARTE FRANCE and Barberousse Films, Momoko Seto’s Planet (France / 2017) depicts a world in ruins, where only fungi and mould grow in the middle of gigantic dried insects bodies. When a weather change occurs, rain irrigates the arid planet and floods it gradually, creating a new ecosystem, populated by giant carnivorous tadpoles.
Alex Pearson and renowned creative collective Marshmallow Laser Feast‘s Future Aleppo VR experience (UK, Turkey / 2017) is an original commission from Sheffield Doc/Fest in partnership with FACT with support from Arts Council England, encouraging users to explore Mohammed Kteish’s vision for the reconstruction of his fallen city. As a way of preserving the culture and history of Aleppo and defying its destruction, Syrian-born Mohammed Kteish tirelessly and lovingly recreated fallen landmarks as paper-craft models. Re-imagined by the artists through a mix of photogrammetry and 3D modelling, users will be guided in virtual reality by the 15 year old Mohammed through the buildings, the city and its inhabitants.
DeathTolls Experience (Ali Eslami / Iran, Islamic Republic of, Netherlands / 2016) is a virtual journey from the refugee crisis in Europe to the bloodbath in Syria, bringing the dry data reality of the news into an emotional perspective.
Jane Gauntlett returns with In My Shoes: Intimacy (UK / 2017) a 360 degree experience for two which explores human connection – participants must put aside inhibitions and be guided by strangers through their impromptu, unconventional, and intense moments of intimacy; shot entirely on location in maximum security prisons, Step to the Line (Ricardo Laganaro / USA, Brazil / 2017) aims to provoke a transformation in the spectator’s eyes about prisoners, the prison system, and even themselves.
Shining a light on Mexico, Trafficked (Owain Rich, Charlie Newland / UK, Mexico / 2016) is an animated virtual reality documentary that follows those who have experienced trafficking and forced prostitution in Mexico.
Gonzalo Alvarez’s retro interactive video game with meaning Borders (USA / 2017) is a political art game simulating the dangers Mexican immigrants face crossing the border.
Mike Orwell’s interactive Graphic novel, Tell Me Your Secrets (UK / 2017) puts the audience in control of a clandestine mission from the UK to the USA during WWII.