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17. April 2018

VR Cinema in Vienna

Whether being confronted with the man-made threat to nature in the Arctic or the rain forests, whether experiencing how it feels to be homeless or to live in a refugee camp, whether seeing the world with the eyes of a new-born or an old man – LET’S CEE Film Festival makes it possible. Under the slogan Let’s Open Your Mind the organisers of LET’S CEE present a range of virtual reality films from all over the world in Vienna, and at 4GAMECHANGERS Festival, which acts as a cooperation partner. Thanks to the support of renowned partners such as United Nations, Greenpeace International, Stanford University, USC Shoah Foundation, WIDE, the production company Mimo.ooo, the British daily The Guardian and Cineplexx International, LET’S CEE sets up two VR lounges at 4GAMECHANGERS Festival in Marx-Halle (18-20 April) as well as at Village Cinema Wien Mitte (21-22 April), showing high-quality, visually powerful, socio-political cinema. On a rotating chair and with a VR headset, 360° cinema makes you the centre of the film so to speak. Fixed starting times for up to 15 visitors guarantee classic cinema like feelings and hopefully a lively exchange about the common experience after the screening. The entrance is free of charge as is the whole short film programme at LET’S CEE. Admission is free*), as well as for all the other short films projections at LET’S CEE Film Festival!

*) The entry to the VR Lounge at the 4GAMECHANGERS Festival is free for all 4GAMECHANGERS visitors.

Arctic 360 | UK 2016 | 3 min. | English | Francesca Panetta, Nicole Jackson / The Guardian A virtual reality trip to the Arctic, which was filmed under environmentally-friendly conditions, shows the terrible consequences of human behavior.

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Becoming Homeless: A Human Experience | USA 2017 | 8 min. | English | Elise Ogle, Tobin Asher / Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab You can experience what it's like to be homeless, protect yourself and try to save your home while living on the street.

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Clouds Over Sidra | USA 2015 | 9 min. | English | Chris Milk, Gabo Arora / UN SDG Action Campaign Twelve-year-old Sidra walks us through her “home”, the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. It houses 130,000 Syrian war refugees, half of them children.

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First Impressions | UK 2017 | 6 min. | English | Francesca Panetta, Nicole Jackson / The Guardian One experiences the first year of life from the viewpoint of a baby, interacting with the environment like a baby. A time span that none of us can remember.

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Guardians of the Forest | BRA 2018 | 20 min. | English | Benjamin Ross, Brittany Neff / UN SDG Action Campaign Activist Sônia takes the spectators to the Amazon’s rainforest, where their Guajajara people are fighting desperately against the destruction of their habitat.

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Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon | BRA/UK 2017 | 15 min. | English | James Manisty, Grace Boyle / Greenpeace International An exceptional VR experience: We find ourselves amidst the indigenous Munduruku in Amazonia who, due to a dam project, have to struggle for existence.

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Notes to My Father | UK/USA 2017 | 12 min. | English | Javisha Patel / WIDE Her father married her off when she was 13, but like many Indian girls, Ramadevi was then sold to a brothel. Now she fights against the sexual slave trade.

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Sea Prayer | UK 2017 | 7 min. | English | Khaled Hosseini / The Guardian On the second anniversary of the death of a three-year-old Syrian boy on the Greek coast, Khaled Hosseini wrote an imaginary letter of a Syrian father to his son.

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The Last Chair | NLD 2017 | 2 x 15 min. | Jessie van Vreden, Anke Teunissen / WIDE VR experience about the last phase of existence. You can immerse yourself in the lives of two old men preparing for their final days.

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The Last Goodbye | USA 2017 | 20 min. | English | Gabo Arora, Ari Palitz / USC Shoah Foundation In July 2016, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter visits the Majdanek concentration camp. The Last Goodbye is a testimony of love, compassion and the human spirit.

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