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The Academy Recognizes A ‘VR Film Experience’ With An Award For The First Time

An amazing VR film revealed by the award-winning Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded Iñárritu for his impressive short film shot in virtual reality about immigration between Mexico and the US, “in recognition of a visionary and powerful experience in storytelling.”

The award has been recorded as the first award given to a Virtual Reality experience.

Because of the Academy doesn’t have the determined category for Carne y Arena -Virtually Present, Physically Invisible- Iñárritu won a special statuette.

Iñárritu said:

During the past four years in which this project has been growing in my mind, I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing many Mexican and Central American refugees. Their life stories haunted me, so I invited some of them to collaborate with me in the project,

My intention was to experiment with VR technology to explore the human condition in an attempt to break the dictatorship of the frame, within which things are just observed, and claim the space to allow the visitor to go through a direct experience walking in the immigrants’ feet, under their skin, and into their hearts.

Here you can watch his meaningful speech at the 2017 Governors Awards:

Organized by the Los Angeles Museum of Art, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Legendary Entertainment; this VR exhibition is currently available for its visitors.

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