2017 Film Guide


Immerse yourself in the latest and best in virtual reality (VR) by experiencing our curated selection of amazing and wide-ranging VR documentaries.

Open to all AFI DOCS Passholders.

Sat, Jun 17 / 11:30 a.m. / AFI DOCS Festival Hub
Sat, Jun 17 / 3:00 p.m. / NEWSEUM

AFTER SOLITARY: Lead Artists: Cassandra Herrman, Lauren Mucciolo. USA. What's it like in solitary confinement? In this intense volumetric VR experience, go inside Maine State Prison to hear Kenny Moore's harrowing story of his time in solitary and what happened when he got out.

CHASING CORAL: THE VR EXPERIENCE: Lead Artist: Jeff Orlowski. USA. VR takes immersion to new depths by following scuba diver and researcher Zackary Rago as he hunts for visual proof of climate change and discovers the unprecedented 2016 bleaching event at the Great Barrier Reef.

MELTING ICE: Lead Artist: Danfung Dennis. USA. Al Gore takes you on a transcendent exploration of the devastating consequences of our changing climate. Stand on the Greenland ice and observe the melt.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S THE PROTECTORS: WALK IN THE RANGER'S SHOES: Lead Artists: Kathryn Bigelow, Imraan Ismail. USA. The last line of defense for elephants targeted by poachers and facing extinction, courageous rangers in the Garamba National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo find themselves in constant danger..

OPERATION ASPEN: Lead Artist: Danfung Dennis. USA. VR cameras follow activists from Direct Action Everywhere as they document the conditions inside a factory farm holding thousands of egg-laying hens and attempt to rescue two injured animals.

THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE: Lead Artists: Felix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël. CANADA. Barack and Michelle Obama host a virtual reality tour through the White House, from the West Wing to the private residences, while reflecting on their time in the building and recounting its profound history.

UNDER THE CANOPY: Lead Artists: Conservation International, Jaunt. USA. UNDER THE CANOPY invites you to explore the extraordinary landscape of Amazonia as guided by the indigenous inhabitants of the forest who are essential to its protection.

UNDERWORLD: Lead Artists: Francesca Panetta, Nicole Jackson, Andrew Mason. USA. Go urban exploring in the sewers of London and try to find your way back to the surface in this immersive game experience that is also a fascinating history lesson in what lies beneath London's streets.

WE WHO REMAIN: Lead Artists: Trevor Snapp, Sam Wolson. USA. The first character-driven VR film shot in an active conflict zone, WE WHO REMAIN immerses viewers in the lives of four people struggling to survive a forgotten war in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.

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