POP VR’s five selections will play consecutively, allowing viewers to experience all the projects in one sitting.
Ch’aak’ S’aagi (Eagle Bone) - Unapologetically Indigenous in nature and theme, Ch'aak' S'aagi (Eagle Bone) represents a collective step in a new direction for visual storytelling. Through freestyle spoken word and lush Pacific Northwest scenery, this raw, point-of-view documentary experience brings the viewer into a VR journey of remembrance and reflection on the lessons of the old ones — teachings that remind us we are all individual vessels of spirit and change, yet inextricably connected.
Invasion! - Invasion! is an interactive animation in which Earth is overrun by malevolent aliens hell-bent on destroying anything that stands in their way. Despite the aliens’ superior technology and firepower, two brave citizens of Earth rise up to defend our planet. But these Earthlings aren’t human. Rather, they are two of Earth’s meekest creatures — two adorable little white bunnies — and you are one of them! This exciting VR adventure is narrated by Ethan Hawke.
Jafri - Every Friday afternoon, an African Australian man can be found in the middle of Melbourne’s busiest intersection, standing silently yet challenging the beliefs of passersby. Jafri is a VR documentary that explores the man behind the signs as he guides us through his daily life and the intimate moments that have shaped his views on society and himself. This is not an activist piece, but rather an opportunity to observe a man who, like all of all us, is trying to find his place in our world.
KÀ The Battle Within - Enter the world of KÀ The Battle Within, a gravity-defying VR saga of heroism and martial arts. Two rival clans from an ancient and mythical world confront one another in a furious clash of vertiginous acrobatics and breathtaking combat. The very fabric of reality is transcended, as the physical world is broken into horizontal and vertical choreographies. KÀ The Battle Within pushes the narrative and experiential boundaries of the universe of KÀ, the colossal theatrical production by Cirque du Soleil, to epic new heights.
Right to Pray - In the western Indian city of Trimbak, home of the ancient Hindu temple of Trimbakeshwar, a group of female activists fight against the regressive institutional forces of patriarchy and tradition that bar their entry into the shrine’s sanctum sanctorum and deny them the right to pray. This film documents one of many struggles as the women demand equality in the face of a 450-year-old tradition.
Tickets for POP VR will be available September 12, 2016 at 10am for TIFF Members and 2pm for the public.
POP VR will take place from September 16 to 18 between 9am and 9pm.