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Your sense when you’re in the VR experience is you’re in Nyarri’s country. You’re invited there. You are welcomed and you understand for this brief period of time you’re fortunate enough to be present.
Lynette Wallworth, Author, in The Sydney Morning Herald
Nyarri Morgan first encountered the western world in the 1950s, when he witnessed a British atomic bomb test in the Western Australian Pilbara desert. In the 15-minute virtual reality film Collisions, Nyarri tells the story of his life as part of the indigenous Martu tribe, eventually building to an animated sequence illustrating the fateful atomic bombing that forever changed his life and worldview. The film offers viewers an immersive look at Nyarri and his family’s lives, while also highlighting Martu perspectives on human-environment interaction and conservation.
Director Lynette Wallworth collaborated with Jaunt VR on the film, as part of a Sundance New Frontier residency program. In 2016 Collisions was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos and Sundance Film Festival in Park City. At both venues, synchronized screenings were organized in which VR headsets were synced to play the film at the same time and create a collective experience for audiences.