What does equity look like in VR? A panel discussion that puts diversity and inclusion at the centre of the conversation on Virtual Reality. In the emerging medium of non-fiction XR storytelling how do we shift the centre of gravity and ensure that narratives that can come from the Global South, indigenous makers and communities – which are not represented in this space – are supported and able to flourish. Especially at a time when artists and filmmakers face an uncertain future.
Nyasha Kadandara is an award-winning Zimbabwean documentary filmmaker who has reported on breaking news, climate change, education, migration, health, and conflict in various parts of Africa. Nyasha holds a Master’s degree in journalism and documentary filmmaking from Columbia Journalism School. Her films have premiered at DOC NYC, SXSW and Sheffield Doc/Fest. Through the Fire received the Audience Choice Documentary Short Award at the Atlanta Docufest. Queens & Knights won first prize at the 2016 NBC Sports film contest Cptr’d. In 2019, her multimedia piece on transactional sex relationships in Kenya was a finalist for the One World Media Awards. Nyasha’s virtual reality documentary, Le Lac, about the effects of climate change and the Boko Haram insurgency around Lake Chad won the Best Digital Narrative Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019.