On Saturday, September 3 at 11:30 a.m., the Villa degli Autori offers up a preview of a possible future for films with a screening of the short No Borders directed by Haider Rashid.
Now the director, the star of the picture and the viewer can become all the same person. The point of view turns into a global experience, virtual reality and real images as well.
The technology behind No Borders allows audiences to truly empathize with the most recent refugees from the Middle East crisis. The filmmaker, Haider Rashid, is a second-generation Italian: a Florentine filmmaker of Iraqi descent. Professional actor Elio Germano, also a committed social activist, serve as the narrator and our guide to the world of No Borders, a film that speaks of war, the flight from conflict and the hospitality that is the necessary corollary.
Filmed at the Centro Baobab in Rome, a refugee center run by ordinary Romans (and shut down by the police in December 2015) and the No Borders refugee center in Ventimiglia, on the French border (also recently shut down), the film uses virtual reality as a tool to immerse audiences in what really goes on in a refugee center, providing a point of view that is different from that of the traditional media, since the medium erases the distance.
At Venice Days, all this can be seen by donning a headset that provides a close-up view of the refugees' lives by way of an utterly novel interaction for film audiences. Ten GEAR VR virtual reality visors will be available, operated by ETT S.p.A., one of the Italian leaders in this sector.
The documentary will also be screened in the traditional film format on September 4 at 11:30 a.m. (Sala Volpi, Palazzo del Cinema).