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“Virtual reality as a medium has qualities other mediums don’t have. Really, that’s about immersion; it’s about intimacy; it’s about agency within, interactivity and intensity as well. And within that experience, I think there is a genuine sort of exchange between the audience and the subject matter.”
Darren Emerson, Director & CC, VR City
Indefinite is a VR documentary that takes the viewer through the UK’s indefinite detention system. Immigration Removal Centers hold people that the British government is trying to deport, and keep them for an indefinite amount of time. In an effort to convey the immense psychological stress of this situation, Indefinite leverages the affordances of 360-video to immerse viewers into the various spaces in this system, from 20ft prison walls to the back of police vans. Guided by the voice of survivors, this 15-min experience couples images of the detention system with stories of the damaging effects it has to individual people.
Indefinite is presented by The New York Times Op-Docs and can be viewed either on a web browser or by using the NYT VR app on a mobile device. This experience is best paired with an article that details more information about the over 30,000 immigrants who are in detention centers.