Alejanrdo G. Iñárritu Uses VR to Depict Immigration Crisis

"The big mistake of VR is that it has been considered an extension of cinema."
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When Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki collaborate, it is always going to draw audience interest, but their latest project provides a change of pace from their recent collaborations like 

The Revenant

and

Birdman

.

The two have teamed up to create the virtual reality experience

Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible)

, a six-and-a-half minute experience that depicts a group of immigrants trying to cross the Mexico/U.S. border. Iñárritu and Lubezki are easily two of the biggest names to experiment with virtual reality experiences and are using the Cannes Film Festival as the premiere for their work, where Iñárritu believes that it has something unique to offer.

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"The big mistake of VR is that it has been considered an extension of cinema," Iñárritu told Brent Lang. "It has been considered a promotional tool. It has been devalued. This is an art in itself."

Read more about the project here, here and here.

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