Past events

Live: Super Stream Me 26 Nov 2015 at 20:00

A look back on one of the most ruthless live streaming experiments ever with Tim Den Besten and Nicolaas Veul as well as several special guests.

Live: VR Cinema Showcase 24 Nov 2015 at 20:00

Virtual reality pioneers show their latest works and reflect on both the hype and artistic potential of virtual reality and immersive media.

Live: The Art of Artificial Intelligence 23 Nov 2015 at 20:00

Live cinema event on artificial intelligence, including live presentations of Kyle McDonald, Dries Depoorter and Ross Goodwin.

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Kiya

Virtual reality deployed in the battle against domestic violence makes the viewer an eyewitness to a dangerous situation.

Every day, three women in the United States die as a direct result of domestic violence. To put it less euphemistically, they are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. Kiya tells the story of two sisters in South Carolina who want to protect their younger sister from her violent husband. Kiya mixes virtual and harsh reality: while the images are game-style computer animations, the audio consists of recorded phone conversations between the sisters and 911 operators. This storytelling technique makes the viewer a witness to the events in and around the victim’s home – sometimes you might feel like you’re a little too close for comfort. Director Nonny de la Peña is an experienced reporter known to some as the godmother of virtual reality journalism. Her work explores how the use of space in a narrative can influence the experience. The viewer’s first-person perspective triggers empathy and an intense sense of connection with the characters. In this way, De la Peña hopes to raise awareness of the global problem of domestic violence.

Selected for IDFA 2015 and eligible for the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction.

Presented as part of the DocLab: Seamless Reality program by IDFA and De Brakke Grond as an interactive installation from 19-29 November.

Experience Kiya using the Within app and Google Cardboard, available on iOS and Android, or on Oculus Rift through the Oculus store.

Project details

Year of development :2015
Created by:Nonny de la Peña
With:Emblematic Group

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