Past Event

Modern Africa, burning question(s)

Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday: Every hour from 1 PM to 6 PM
Thursday to Saturday: Every hour from 1 PM to 8 PM

Regular: $16,50 ($13,50 on Tuesdays)
Seniors and Students: $13,50

Where?: Basement

*Please note that access to the VR Cinema is strictly reserved for people aged 13 and over.

*Following the provincial government's announcement, PHI has decided to suspend the VR Cinema until further notice. We are working to develop new forms of experiences, with the objective of rethinking the channels through which art is presented.

**Please see our preventive measures.

The VR Cinema presents Black Narratives, a series of shorts in virtual reality in the context of Black History Month.

Four films, four African overviews. Whether it is shown through historical events or climatic turmoil, in the wilderness or in the frenzy of the city, PHI paints a picture of Africa both disturbing and grandiose.

**Please note that the shorts will be in English.

Photo (cover): image taken from Le Lac, courtesy of Nyasha Kadandara

Daughters of Chibok, produced & directed by Joel 'Kachi Benson (Nigeria, 11 minutes, English)

*Canadian premiere

On April 14, 2014, the sleepy agrarian town of Chibok, in North East Nigeria, was thrust into the global spotlight when the dreaded terrorist group Boko Haram, stormed the town at night and abducted 276 teenage schoolgirls from their dormitories.

Daughters of Chibok deals with the aftermath of the kidnappings, and explores important topical global issues of gender rights and the right to education.

*Winner of the Best Virtual Reality Story at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.

Le Lac, written & directed by Nyasha Kadandara (Tchad/Kenya/Zimbabwe, 9 minutes, English)

*Canadian premiere

Le Lac is a dreamscape where liquid gives way to dust. The oasis of the Sahel, Lake Chad, is not who she used to be. Ninety percent of her water is gone, leaving her feeling depleted, wary, scared and insecure.

In this immersive documentary, step into the lives of Mahamat, a once-wealthy pastoralist, and Nassuri, a refugee-turned fisherman, as the lake herself hopes for their survival amidst her scattered ponds.

*Winner of the Best Digital Narrative Award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019.

Lagos at Large, directed by Jumoke Sanwo (Nigeria, 9 minutes, English)

*Canadian premiere

A poetic essay and an uneasy love story, Lagos at Large is a tribute to the largest city of Nigeria by poet Njideka, a daughter of the diaspora living in Austria.

The short film is a lyrical collage told in short segments, as we plot a course through the noise and urban chaos, made pressing and real in VR.

Children Do Not Play War, directed by Fabiano Mixo (USA/Brazil/Uganda, 8 minutes, English)

*Canadian premiere

Imagine a world without children. In such a world, Aloyo, a twelve-year-old girl from Uganda, tells the story of the children’s return following the war.

Mixing the tradition of African oral storytelling told around the fire with virtual reality, Children Do Not Play War immerses the viewer in Uganda’s quest for redemption, hope, and healing.

*Winner of the VR Social Impact Award.

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