The celebration of the 75th anniversary of the opening of bilateral relations between Italy and Canada continues with the best of the National Film Board of Canada creativity.
To mark the occasion, MEET is offering a special selection of VR videos by Canadian filmmakers strongly committed to social and environmental issues to be seen every Saturday and Sunday starting Saturday, November 26 and on weekends throughout December in our VR corner. We look forward to seeing you there!
Plastisapiens – 2022, 15’
Miri Chekhanovich e Édith Jorisch
with Dpt. (the National Film Board of Canada and Lalibela Productions)
Plastisapiens is a meditative virtual reality experience that allows us to consider this world with curiosity, playfulness and even a sense of wonder. Rooted in modern scientific research, the narrative slowly gives way to a speculative work of beautiful and humorous eco-fiction, a journey through time, evolution and imagined futures. By interacting with the organisms around us and then observing how our virtual and organic selves merge with plastic, the experience creates a safe space to empathize with a material we all share.
The Book of Distance – 2020, 25’
In 1935, Yonezo Okita left his home in Hiroshima, Japan, and began a new life in Canada. The war and racism changed everything: he became an enemy. Three generations later, his grandson, artist Randall Okita, leads us on an interactive virtual pilgrimage through an emotional geography of immigration and family to recover what was lost.
Gymnasia – 2019, 6’
Chris Lavis e Maciek Szczerbowski
Wearing the viewer you have the opportunity to enter the quiet of an abandoned school, in Gymnasia: a place where memories of a lost childhood await. Recall the sights and sounds of a child’s world through the echoes of ball games, school lessons and choir recitals. Gymnasia animates memories of those forgotten days, a dark, eerie and strangely wonderful dream. It is the first VR experience to induce the elusive anxiety that occurs when the lines between what is real and unreal are blurred beyond imagination.
This is Not a Ceremony – 2022, 20’
Director Niitsitapi Ahnahktsipiitaa (Colin Van Loon) takes us beyond the veil of traditional media and transports us directly to another realm, where past, present, and future are one, where colonial rules and beliefs are forgotten, and where we can finally get to the truth of the facts. The narrative unfolds around us, vistas ebb and flow, stories come to life before our eyes, and community processes confront our notions of personal responsibility. We are asked to witness some of the darker sides of life in Canada as indigenous people.