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Inspired by the powerful stories of many mothers who live in confinement, and who, after raising their children in prison, are separated from them after 18 months, we decided to make a virtual reality experience co-created with an incarcerated mother and her children and mother in the outside world. Going Back Home VR was created to reduce prejudice against incarcerated people by building a community that reflects what it is to be a woman in prison, the crisis in the Chilean prison system and the prohibition on communication between inmates and their families.
Catalina Alarcón, Author, to Docubase
Going Back Home VR is a Chilean transmedia project that aims to democratize access to film and technology and build a virtual bridge to connect incarcerated people with their families. The project is comprised of a VR short film, a feature-length documentary film, and a series of virtual reality and film workshops in prisons in Latin America. The VR short film is in development and set to be released in 2021. The ongoing virtual reality workshops aim to connect people in prison with their families by collaborating with families to film snapshots of life in 360 video to share with the people in prisons.
The project was born in 2017 with the aim of reducing prejudice surrounding incarcerated people by creating community and breaking barriers between prisons and the rest of society. The project also runs as a nonprofit arts organization that intervenes in the prison system by creating films and conducting film and virtual reality workshops. By using film and virtual reality as tools to generate community and foster connection, Going Back Home contributes to the communication between incarcerated people and their families. Going Back Home aims to remove prejudice about incarcerated people, in addition to building a bridge between prisons and the outside world.