What it is to be a migrant

Alejandro G. Inarritu Embraces Virtual Reality (But Don’t Call It Cinema)

The inclusion of two movies produced by Netflix turned this year’s Cannes Film Festival competition into something of a referendum on what is cinema and what isn’t. Ironic then that one of the most popular screenings at the fest was a six-and-a-half-minute virtual reality “experience” shown out of competition. Created by Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Inarritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible), the first VR film to screen at Cannes, re-creates the experience of immigrants crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. Viewers wander barefoot through a vast, dark space covered in sand and equipped with a backpack, VR headset and headphones, while virtual border guards swoop down to arrest them. ….[READ]