ARE YOU LISTENING?

By Sarah HILL

STORYUP VR - as PROD

VR - AR - Completed 2016

Step inside the stories of indigenous people in Brazil & Virunga Park Rangers in Africa whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by a lack of access to reliable energy to power radios. Without communication, these communities struggle to survive & protect their volcano, gorillas & ancestral lands.

Festivals
& Awards

Dubai DIFF 2016
Cinequest 2016
marche du film 2016
EarthX 2017
VRsci Fest 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • VR - AR
    • Countries
    • CONGO, BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 8 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sarah HILL
    • Producer(s)
    • Alyssa NEWMAN (ALYSSA NEWMAN), Marco KRAPELS, Moira HANES
    • Synopsis
    • “Are You Listening?” is a multi-part virtual reality experience about energy poverty threatening lives in eastern Congo and sacred lands of the indigenous people in the Amazon. Shot with virtual reality cameras and processing equipment powered in part by solar energy, “Are You Listening” transports people near Riwindi, DRC, atop the Mount Nyiragongo volcano and along the Tapajos River in the Amazon basin. There, users have the opportunity to experience daily life to better understand how not having electricity is dangerous to Virunga park rangers, the Munduruku people and the places these guardians of the forest are trying to protect.
      In the Munduruku's story, you will be able to hear an interview with one indigenous woman who is fighting to protect her community from a planned hydroelectric dam. As communication radios in the DRC and the Amazon routinely cut out, operators can be heard asking in their native languages 'Are You Listening?'. That line is used as a metaphor throughout the piece as rangers in Congo and the Munduruku in the Amazon question whether the world is listening to their concerns.