AFRICAN SPACE MAKERS
Original title: African Space Makers
International title: African Space Makers
Year of production: 2020
Country of Production: Kenya, Germany
Genre of the VR piece: Documentary
Duration: 50 minutes
Director: The Nrb Bus Collective
Production: The Nrb Bus Collective, Cultural Video (Vincenzo Cavallo Faras), INVR.SPACE (Sönke Kirchhof), BlackRhino VR (Brian Afande)
Realized with the contribution of Culture at Work, Hivos, Goethe Institut Nairobi - Supported by 360 Camrent and Venice Gap – Financing Market - 76th Venice International Film Festival 2019
Format (360 video / Interactive VR experience / Installation): interactive VR experience with 360° movies : It’s the first ever interactive mockumentary made in Africa, there are elements of nonfiction and fiction, there are gaming elements as well, this is an experimental project that tries to push the boundaries of Afro Punk narratives and different film genres.
The only way to understand Urban Storytelling it's by experiencing it! Choose which film director you would like to be and experience urban Africa with your crew. This is your assignment, and this is how you are going to understand what it means to be an African Space Maker, a real urban hero!
Festival Selections & award:
Our journey starts in Nairobi, Kenya, one of the most vibrant metropolises of Sub Saharan Africa. Here there is a double-decker ‘The Nrb Bus’ turned into a media hub where they are teaching urban storytelling. Your mission as a student is to discover five creative spaces through five artists/social-entrepreneurs/skaters. You will choose your gender and proceed to the next step. You will choose the order in which you will be able to visit these spaces, and in each one of them, you will make very important choices. You will end up in the biggest dumping site of Africa in search of objects and wild animals bones, painting trains and running from data police with graffiti artists, or challengingthe religious fanatics, skating in liminal spaces and drinking khat juice with trendy musicians before flying over CBD.
Our main goal is to demonstrate how the creative class can become an agent of social, cultural and economical development and how these spaces are currently challenging the acceptance of established social norms on sexuality, gender, religion, minorities, race. We want to sensitize the general public and the key decision-makers in Africa on the strategic importance of creating new spaces to support their local economies. This is why we want this format to become an Afro-Punk Pan-African platform to promote the “Do it Yourself” philosophy . We have a very specific distribution model based on Urban Walks and collective screenings we want to implement. Our long term vision is to produce other similar experiences in Lagos, Kinshasa, Cairo, Johannesburg, Luanda, Dakar.
Festival Selections & award
Selected at the Venice Biennale Financial Gap 2019.
Selected at African Crossroads event in Mombasa November 2019.
Presented at the business event “The Booster” in Brussels during Stereopsia International 3D summit for science, technology, art and business in December 2019.
Market screening at Berlinale AfricaHub 2020.
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