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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy premieres Pakistan’s first virtual reality documentary

The Karachi Biennale 2017 kick-started in full swing this year showcasing the work of over 140 artists from Pakistan and around the globe. Among the many exhibits was ace film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s venture entitled ‘Look but with Love’ – a Virtual Reality (VR) documentary series – projecting distinctive stories of five extra-ordinary individuals who aim to bring about a change in the country through causes they are deeply passionate about.

The films take the viewer on a journey through the culturally dynamic terrain of Pakistan with the help of five brave heroes: a musician trying to preserve the melodies of his forefathers, a social activist campaigning for clean water in Thar, a breath-taking dancer of Lahore, a doctor treating young patients in Karachi and an unstoppable all-women anti-terrorism squad.

Indeed, these five documentaries in the Look But With Love series go beyond the headlines to take you into the very heart of Pakistan and explores the lives of Pakistan’s most fearless and passionate citizens.

Made with cutting-edge technology transports one to a world where they can feel, see and experience everything in a virtual setting, upon wearing a VR gear headset. Shot within the span of approximately six months, the incredible production of the films made use of 360-degree cameras, fish-eye lenses etc.

Breaking shackles of societal stereotypes and taboos, ‘Look but with Love’, which means ‘Dekh magar Pyaar se’ in Urdu, reiterates the message of acceptance and were made with an aim to spread and seek love.

The 5 part documentary series can be experienced at Frere Hall till 5th November 2017.

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