Third instalment in the ethnographic documentary series about nomadic peoples, directed by virtual reality (VR) studios Felix & Paul. This episode is focused on the daily life and traditions of the Maasai people in Enkutoto, Kenya. From the same series as ‘Sea Gypsies’, ‘Maasai’ allows us to experience first hand a jumping contest, the hunting skills of men and the dexterity of Maasai women to build homes made of adobe, among other daily activities. This mobile VR documentary was premiered in New Frontier section at Sundance Film Festival 2016 and was exhibited at festivals such as Poptech, Filmatic, Hot Docs and Tribeca.
Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël are contributing to the world of VR with new types of storytelling, revamping the format from something so simple as telling stories properly. Classmates at the School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, Lajeunesse and Raphaël recall the immersive power of the images of admired, classic filmmakers such as Ozu, Malick or Tarkovski, to make the spectator feel fully integrated into their films. With Nomad series, the Canadian duo tries to trigger emotions – ‘feeling’ takes precedence over ‘showing’ in pieces that put the traditional concept of anthropological documentary aside to test a new one of empathetic film as close to reality as possible.