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Out of Sight

Supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ukraine

Out of Sight is a drawn Virtual Reality (VR) that takes you to the world of nine-year old Lena and her father. While Lena is dissecting an owl pellet, her father is absorbed in his memories. They are having a conversation, but at the same time, they haven’t. Although unaware of one another’s thoughts, they are thinking about the same: the loss of her sister and his daughter Lisa.

As a viewer you find yourself either in the head of the father or the daughter and you experience the two different perspectives. Take a seat at the kitchen table, and let yourself be carried away in a dreamlike reality about forgetting and remembering. About life and death.

Out of Sight is a concept by director Sara Kolster in close collaboration with author Jaap Robben. The VR was created in cooperation with illustrator Gijs Kast and the developer collective Zesbaans. The plan for Out of Sight arose from the VR Drawing Room which won the prestigious IDFA Doclab Award for Digital Storytelling in 2015.

The organizers of the festival believe that, in addition to its innovation, this project can serve as a kind of therapy for the Ukrainian audience. After all, many of us lost our friends and relatives in the war in the east of the country. Out of Sight can help cope with this pain by allowing to look at what has happened from a different vantage point.