In the footsteps of refugees crossing the border

In the footsteps of a refugee crossing the border

“During the past five years in which this project has been growing in my mind, I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing many Mexican and Central American refugees,” Inarritu said.

“Their life stories haunted me, so I invited some of them to collaborate with me in the project. I’ve experimented with VR technology to explore the human condition…”

In 2017, “Carne y Arena” – Spanish for “Flesh and Sand” -- became the first VR piece to be awarded a special Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The exhibit is set up at a former church in northeast Washington, D.C. As visitors leave a recreated holding cell to enter a sand-filled space, the viewer puts on a headset and is transported to the desert.

Here, one encounters a group of migrants just before being apprehended by U.S. border patrol.

Inarritu, Academy Award-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, producer Mary Parent and Disney’s ILMxLAB created the six-and-a-half minute experience, which runs through the summer.

Tickets are available at (tickets are not available onsite). The location is 1611 Benning Rd. NE, Washington, D.C., 20002.

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