'Define American' Uses VR to Connect Guests to Social Movements

By: Ellen Smith - May 15, 2017
References: huffingtonpost
The second annual Define American Film Festival aims to embrace virtual reality as a new medium of storytelling. Virtual reality is an immersive tool, which can elicit new emotions and connections through its ability to place the viewer inside someone else's world.

DAFF 2017 will be sharing three VR experiences, which will let guests explore an environment they otherwise might not have a chance to experience. One experience, 'Welcome to Aleppo' places the viewer on the streets of the civil-war torn Syrian city, using 360-degree virtual reality footage gathered from inside a war zone. Another experience, 'For My Son,' aims to challenge popular American misconceptions about refugees, through the virtual experience, which allows viewers to gain a new perspective.

The use of virtual reality for social good is a relatively new innovation which helps re-imagine the way people interact and perceive smart technology, as a way to connect with the world around them, instead of disconnecting.