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The Book of Distance

Venice VR Expanded

Director:
Randall Okita
Production:
National Film Board of Canada (Davd Oppenheim)
Running Time:
25’
Language:
English
Country:
Canada
Screenplay:
Randall Okita
Music:
Menalon
Sound design:Menalon
Project managers:Oliva Amu, Jessica Parsons
Art director:Sam Javanrouh
Lead artist:Emma Burkeitt
Lead programmer:Luke Ruminski
Programmers:Michael Sebele, Jord Farrell
3D artists:Jeremy Canton, Paul Constance
Concept artist:Mohammed Karam
PLATFORM:HTC Viveport
HEADSET:VIVE - VIVE PRO – Vive Cosmos – Rift - RiftS - Valve Index – MixedReality

Synopsis

In 1935, Yonezo Okita left his home in Hiroshima, Japan, and began a new life in Canada. Then war and state-sanctioned racism changed everything - he became the enemy. Three generations later, his grandson, artist Randall Okita, leads us on an interactive virtual pilgrimage through an emotional geography of immigration and family to recover what was lost.

Director’s Statement

What we know about our grandparents and family history often comes in bits and pieces. The Book of Distance is my attempt to recover those things my grandfather didn’t say - including moments that may have been too painful for him to remember. I wanted to reimagine what he lived through, to recreate an experience that allows others to participate and to bear witness.

PRODUCERS/DISTRIBUTORS

PRODUCTION: David Oppenheim – National Film Board of Canada
145 Wellington St. W Suite 1000
M5J 1H8 – Toronto, Canada
Tel. +1 4169730904
l.desormiers@nfb.ca
http://www.nfb.ca

WORLD SALES: Nathalie Bourdon - National Film Board of Canada
145 Wellington St. W Suite 1000
M5J 1H8 – Toronto, Canada
Tel. +1 514 995 0095
N.Bourdon@nfb.ca
https://www.nfb.ca/distribution/

PRESS OFFICE: Jennifer Mair - National Film Board of Canada
145 Wellington St. W Suite 1000
M5J 1H8 – Toronto, Canada
Mob. +1 416)436-0105
J.Mair@nfb.ca


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