With virtual reality, the documentary “Na Pele” is immersed in Complexo do Alemão

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Since Mark Zuckerberg announced the change of name of the company that controls Facebook to Meta, the term metaverso it became an agenda everywhere. It is an immersive and collaborative virtual universe, which includes, but is not limited to, virtual reality.

It may seem more like a technological fad, but the fact is that the metaverse has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of human life – the health area, the financial and labor market, the real estate sector, e-commerce and the games industry are just some examples.

The truth is that in times of pandemic, almost all economic and creative sectors can benefit from the development of a virtual environment that allows a type of immersion more similar to what we have in person.

Even before all these transformations took place, in 2017, director João Inada conceived the documentary “On the skin”, an interactive virtual reality experience that dives into the reality of three residents of Complexo do Alemão, in Rio de Janeiro.

The filmmaker joined the activist Raull Santiago, favela resident, and the journalist Thamyra Thâmara, founder of Gato Mídia, a technology school aimed at the black population of Brazilian favelas. Released in Brazil in August 2021, the 23-minute short film is the first virtual reality documentary produced in Complexo do Alemão.

The project was a co-production between Brazil, China, Luxembourg and Germany, and was awarded at the international festivals IDFA – Competition for Digital Storytelling 2020, in its world premiere last year; South by Southwest (SXSW) 2021; and Luxembourg City Film Festival 2021.

The narrative follows the activist Raull Santiago, creator of Coletivo Papo Reto, traveling around Complexo do Alemão, where he lives. The user experience in virtual immersion reveals the life stories of the community, exploring the relationships of affection, social projects and the challenges faced daily in relation to problems such as police violence and prejudice. The recording was made in 3D and 360° technology, with the aim of transforming the viewer into a character, breaking the observer’s perception of externality to the scene.

The film is featured in the Festival Curta Brasília, which starts this Wednesday (8) and runs until Sunday (12) with the theme “Metaverse and Creations of Realities”. The programming of virtual reality shows includes national and international short films, most of them unpublished in Brazil. The official opening of the event takes place today at 7 pm in debate with the director and producer of the film “Na Pele”, João Inada and Thamyra Thâmara, mediated by the Festival’s director, Ana Arruda.

“We see that this new form of social interaction after the context of the pandemic is of great value and allows us to reach a large audience without the barriers that the physical environment limits us. The program brings this concept of retrofuturism, but in a way that highlights human rights, climate change and social inequalities that are advancing even with technologies that are more present every day”, declared the festival’s director.

The programming is free and can be accessed on YouTube and on the Festival Curta Brasília website.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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