Alternate realities immersive vr exhibition at sheffield docfest 2017 pic by ana baquero


Sheffield Doc/Fest and the British Council are delighted to announce that a selection of work from Alternate Realities, Sheffield Doc/Fest’s programme of virtual reality experiences and interactive documentaries, will tour to Latin America Doc/Fest 2017. 

Nine interactive and immersive documentary projects from Doc/Fest 2017 have been selected for exhibition at DocMontevideo, Uruguay, DOCSP, Brazil, and Noviembre Electrónico, Argentina. The British Council-supported tour is central to Doc/Fest’s strategy of connecting audiences from across the globe to showcase factual storytelling through new technologies.  A number of the projects will be translated into Spanish and Portuguese, especially for the tour.

The nine projects selected for the tour from the Alternate Realities Exhibition, are currently being showcased as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest, 9-14 June 2017, with support from Arts Council England and comprise.

Greenpeace’s Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon (James Manisty, Grace Boyle, Pete Speller / UK, Brazil / 2017) is the result of a two-year collaboration with award-winning producers Alchemy VR and The Feelies, the first public multi-sensory cinema based around virtual reality. The immersive installation tells the story of the Munduruku, an Indigenous People of the Brazilian Amazon who are resisting plans for a huge complex of hydro-electric dams that will flood the forest that is their home. The compelling visual narrative also translates real multisensory data into a coherent wider story for audiences, testing the boundaries of storytelling by taking them on narrative journeys that speak to all of their senses. 

Produced by Francois Martin Saint Léon, ARTE FRANCE and Barberousse Films, Momoko Seto’s Planet ∞ (France / 2017) depicts a world in ruins, where only fungi and mould grow in the middle of gigantic dried insects bodies. When a weather change occurs, rain irrigates the arid planet and floods it gradually, creating a new ecosystem, populated by giant carnivorous tadpoles.

Alex Pearson and renowned creative collective Marshmallow Laser Feast‘s Future Aleppo (UK, Turkey / 2017) is an original commission from Sheffield Doc/Fest in partnership with FACT with support from Arts Council England, encouraging users to explore Mohammed Kteish’s vision for the reconstruction of his fallen city. As a way of preserving the culture and history of Aleppo and defying its destruction, Syrian-born Mohammed Kteish tirelessly and lovingly recreated fallen landmarks as paper-craft models.  Re-imagined by the artists through a mix of photogrammetry and 3D modelling, users will be guided in virtual reality by the 15 year old Mohammed through the buildings, the city and its inhabitants.

DeathTolls Experience (Ali Eslami / Iran, Islamic Republic of, Netherlands / 2016) is a virtual journey from the refugee crisis in Europe to the bloodbath in Syria, bringing the dry data reality of the news into an emotional perspective.

Jane Gauntlett returns with In My Shoes: Intimacy (UK / 2017) a 360 degree experience for two which explores human connection – participants must put aside inhibitions and be guided by strangers through their impromptu, unconventional, and intense moments of intimacy; shot entirely on location in maximum security prisons, Step to the Line (Ricardo Laganaro / USA, Brazil / 2017) aims to provoke a transformation in the spectator’s eyes about prisoners, the prison system, and even themselves.

Shining a light on Mexico, Trafficked (Owain Rich, Charlie Newland / UK, Mexico / 2016) is an animated virtual reality documentary that follows those who have experienced trafficking and forced prostitution in Mexico. 

Gonzalo Alvarez’s retro interactive video game with meaning Borders (USA / 2017) is a political art game simulating the dangers Mexican immigrants face crossing the border.

Mike Orwell’s interactive Graphic novel. Tell Me Your Secrets (UK / 2017) puts the audience in control of a clandestine mission from the UK to the USA during WWII.



Montevideo, Uruguay – as part of DocMontevideo

CCE: Centro Cultural de Espana

Calle Rincón 629

22 – 28 July 2017 


Sao Paulo, Brazil – as part of DOCSP

Unibes Cultural

Rua Oscar Freire 2500

2 – 7 October 2017


Buenos Aires, Argentina – as part of Noviembre Electrónico

Centro Cultural San Martín

Sarmiento 1551

12 - 19 November 2017



Supported by British Council, in partnership with DocMontevideo (Uruguay), DOCSP (Brazil) and Centro Cultural San Martín (Argentina).