Virtual reality (VR) is a computer technology that uses virtual reality headsets, sometimes in combination with physical spaces or multi-projected environments, to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment. A person using virtual reality equipment is able to “look around” the artificial world, and with high quality VR move around in it and interact with virtual features or items. The effect is commonly created by VR headsets consisting of head-mounted goggles with a screen in front of the eyes, but can also through specially designed spaces with multiple large screens.
Virtual Reality is a medium not just new to us (the audience) but also to the film makers, it is an unknown territory to the world in general and to Pakistani audience in particular, we’ve never had a virtual reality film but here’s Sharmeen Obaid, doing what she does best, blowing our minds away with her virtual reality documentary “Look But With Love”.
Sharmeen Obaid’s first virtual reality documentary was premiered yesterday as part of Karachi Biennale, at Frere Hall. The documentary series has five parts and is based on extraordinary stories of ordinary Pakistani citizens supporting the causes they believe in including a musician trying to preserve the melodies of his forefathers, a social activist campaigning for clean water in Thar, a classical dancer in Lahore conveying her knowledge to future generations, a doctor treating young patients in Karachi and an unstoppable all-women anti-terrorism squad.