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The Festival of Commonwealth Film will be held at:
The Clore Centre
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
One Eighty is an immersive virtual reality experience that uses 360° video to put viewers inside the true story of Vijai Kumari and her son Kanhaiya. It was produced as a part of the VR for Good Initiative / Creators Lab Program by Oculus/Facebook.
Sixty-seven per cent of the Indian jail population is comprised of “undertrials”- people who have not been convicted of any crime, but are imprisoned on remand while awaiting trial. Unaware that they have the right to free legal aid, and ignorant of the nature of the charges against them, many spend years behind bars, a tragedy that disproportionately affects the poorest and least educated segments of society. The situation is even worse for female inmates with children. Once those children turn six and are released from custody, their mothers are deprived of any information about how they are faring in the outside world.
“One Eighty” is the story of one such mother, Vijai Kumari, who spent twenty years behind bars, and her son, Kanhaiya. Once released from prison at the age of six, Kanhaiya began a relentless and ultimately successful quest to save his mother from being punished from a crime she never committed.
Their story is one of many in India, where “undertrials” are a huge issue affecting the poorest and least educated segments of society. Even though a comprehensive and robust legal aid system does exist around the country, for those who are illiterate and unfamiliar with the legal system, dealing with the difficult to navigate legal processes can lead to tragic outcomes.
This film will be available to watch for free in our cafe using VR headsets throughout both days of the festival. The director, Eren Aksu, will be in attendance for two special Q&A sessions on Saturday April 14th at 5:30pm and Sunday April 15th at 4:30pm.
Meet the director
Eren Aksu is a VR filmmaker, entrepreneur, public speaker, and the Chief Opportunity Creator for Emblematic Group in Los Angeles, California. He speaks regularly at events around the world about frontier technologies, and has helped produce multiple VR experiences featured at festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Sheffield Docfest, SIFF X, IDFA.