2018 Film Guide


Immerse yourself in our wide-ranging selection of riveting virtual reality experiences that take you around the world – and beyond.

The AFI DOCS VR Showcase is presented June 14 through June 17, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the AFI DOCS Festival Hub, 421 7th St. NW, Washington, DC and is open to all AFI DOCS Passholders.

AUTHENTICALLY US: SHE FLIES BY HER OWN WINGS LEAD ARTIST: JESSE (JESUS) AYALA. USA. Driven by the military tenet of "Leave No One Behind," Shannon Scott urges freedom and justice for all – from the marbled halls of Washington, DC, to the hallowed ground of those who championed equality before her.

DINNER PARTY LEAD ARTISTS: ANGEL MANUEL SOTO, CHARLOTTE STOUDT, LAURA WEXLER. PUERTO RICO. Based on the true story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple who in 1961 reported the first nationally known UFO abduction, DINNER PARTY dramatizes with dazzling immersive intensity the radically different accounts that each of the Hills recalled through hypnosis.

GREENLAND MELTING Lead Artist: CATHERINE UPIN, NONNY DE LA PEÑA. USA. In September 2016, NASA scientists went to Greenland to better understand what's causing the ice to melt so fast. Experience what it's like to be in Greenland: stand in the water in front of a glacier, fly at low altitudes over some of the world's most stunning scenery and dive beneath the ocean's surface to see what NASA's studies are revealing.

THE HIDDEN Lead Artist: LINDSAY BRANHAM. INDIA. Ten years ago in southern India, a family took out a loan of $70. When it wasn't repaid, the creditor enslaved them, and their very bodies became a promissory note in an illegal debt scheme. When the Indian government discovered the case, they set out to free the family.

MY AFRICA Lead Artists: DAVID ALLEN, DR. M. SANJAYAN. KENYA. MY AFRICA is a virtual-reality journey to Northern Kenya, where the futures of wildlife and humans are intertwined. Stand amid a thundering wildebeest migration, witness a lioness snatch her prey, go nose-to-trunk with an inquisitive baby elephant and meet a community dedicated to saving Africa's wildlife.

MY AFRICA: ELEPHANT KEEPER Lead Artists: ADAM MAY, ELLIOTT ROUND. UK. Learn more about the remarkable work undertaken at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya as you become an elephant keeper. Audiences can welcome and feed the baby elephant Dudu at the sanctuary, with real- world props, creating an innovative and photorealistic interactive VR experience.

SANCTUARIES OF SILENCE Lead Artists: ADAM LOFTEN, EMMANUEL VAUGHAN-LEE. USA. Silence just might be on the verge of extinction, and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton believes that even the most remote corners of the globe are impacted by noise pollution. In SANCTUARIES OF SILENCE, join Hempton on an immersive listening journey into Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America.

THIS IS CLIMATE CHANGE: FAMINE Lead Artists: DANFUNG DENNIS, ERIC STRAUSS. USA, SOMALIA. Audiences are transported directly into the arid expanse of Somalia, where crushing drought caused by rising temperatures has made once-fertile lands into a year-round desert and has put the survival of a generation of malnourished children at great risk.

THIS IS CLIMATE CHANGE: FEAST Lead Artists: DANFUNG DENNIS, ERIC STRAUSS. USA, BRAZIL. Witness the beautiful expanse of Brazil's ecologically valuable rainforest, threatened by loggers as massive trees are cleared to make way for sprawling industrial cattle ranches. Can the Amazon survive the growing global demand for beef?

THIS IS CLIMATE CHANGE: FIRE Lead Artists: DANFUNG DENNIS, ERIC STRAUSS. USA. In just the last three decades, changes in climate have doubled the amount of land burned by wildfires in the western United States. Experience the scorching California fires of 2017, and follow the dedicated fighters – by air and on the ground – whose jobs have turned into year- round battles against these catastrophic blazes.

WHERE THOUGHTS GO: PROLOGUE Lead Artists: LUCAS RIZZOTTO. USA. An intimate social VR experience, WHERE THOUGHTS GO is set in a world where all human thoughts exist as sleeping creatures, each holding a voice message left by a previous visitor. As they awaken, they reveal the dreams, experiences and fears of other people and give the participant the opportunity to leave their own for others to find.