Indefinite

An Original VR Documentary

A VR documentary taking the viewer on a journey into the UK’s indefinite detention system.

Virtual reality as a medium has qualities other mediums don’t have. Really, that’s about immersion; it’s about intimacy; it’s about agency within, interactivity and intensity as well. And within that experience, I think there is a genuine sort of exchange between the audience and the subject matter.
— Darren Emerson - director & CCo, VR City
 
 

Guided by the powerful voices of survivors, Indefinite takes the audience on an immersive journey into the uncertainty and despair of the UK’s immigration detention system. The film is Darren Emerson's second, following on from Witness 360: 7/7.

Concealed behind 20ft prison walls, on the hem of cities, thousands of people are in detention with no time limit. In this psychological pressure cooker, people desperately try to prove why they should be able to stay in the UK. The film hears the voices of those with first-hand experience of being detained as they lift the veil on the realities of a detention system that strips away identities, and further damages society's most vulnerable.

A Sheffield Doc/Fest & Site Gallery commission, supported by Arts Council England, the documentary premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest in June 2016. Melbourne International Film Festival consequently screened the film. It has also played at Raindance, Berlinale, One World, Geneva, Maastricht and Dubai International Film Festival. Furthermore, the charity Detention Action regularly uses the film to raise awareness of the issue of detention in the UK.

The film is also available on the New York Times VR app.

 
 
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