Xinjiang ‘Re-Education’ Camps Brought to Life in New Yorker VR Doc at SXSW1 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
Despite extensive news reporting about China’s secretive “re-education” camps in the Xinjiang region, it is difficult to imagine what it’s like for more than a million Uyghur, Kazakh and other minorities detained inside. A new film aims to put you in their shoes — almost literally — with the help of virtual reality technology.
Reeducated, a short VR doc presented by the New Yorker at SXSW, patches together the testimonies of three former Kazakh detainees into an animated approximation of their experiences. With the help of a headset like the Oculus, viewers can step into the cells, classrooms and yards of a camp, rendered in atmospheric, monochrome pen-and-ink drawings.
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