Alternate Realities in Latin America & other dispatches from Sheffield Doc/Fest ’17

Announced over the weekend, Sheffield Doc/Fest and the British Council will be taking a selection of work currently being shown in theAlternate Realities exhibition on tour to Latin America.

Between July and November, nine projects will be shown at DocMontevideo, Uruguay, DOCSP, Brazil, and Noviembre Electrónico, Argentina. The British Council-supported tour is central to Doc/Fest’s strategy of connecting audiences from across the globe to showcase factual storytelling through new technologies. A number of the projects will be translated into Spanish and Portuguese, especially for the events.

The nine projects selected for the tour include:

Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon
(James Manisty, Grace Boyle, Pete Speller / UK, Brazil / 2017)

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. Greenpeace’s 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

(Francois Martin Saint Léon, ARTE FRANCE and Barberousse Films, Momoko Seto / France / 2017)

Depicting 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.

Future Aleppo
(Alex Pearson, Marshmallow Laser Feast / UK, Turkey / 2017)

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.

DeathTolls Experience
(Ali Eslami / Iran, Islamic Republic of, Netherlands / 2016)

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.

In My Shoes: Intimacy
(Jane Gauntlett / 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.

Step to the Line
(Ricardo Laganaro / USA, Brazil / 2017)

Shot entirely on location in maximum security prisons, this piece aims to provoke a transformation in the spectator’s eyes about prisoners, the prison system, and even themselves.

Trafficked is part of the Immersive VR section at Sheffield Doc/Fest

(Owain Rich, Charlie Newland / UK, Mexico / 2016)

Shining a light on Mexico, this animated virtual reality documentary follows those who have experienced trafficking and forced prostitution in Mexico.

(Gonzalo Alvarez / USA / 2017)

A political interactive video game with retro styling that simulates the dangers Mexican immigrants face crossing the border.

Tell Me Your Secrets
(Mike Orwell / UK / 2017)

An interactive Graphic novel that puts the audience in control of a clandestine mission from the UK to the USA during WWII.

More from Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017

There’s been loads more going on during the Alternate Realities programme this year! Catch up below with some of the top tweets from the Summit, talks, exhibitions and get a sense of what’s been going on in Sheffield over the past few days: