Our favourite VR experiences of 2018 so far…

By Harry Engels July 16, 2018

We’re halfway through 2018 and this year has already seen the release of a wide range of excellent VR experiences with more to come, some we know about and some we don’t. Below, we list a few recent ones which have caught our eye.

My Africa

Directed by four-time Emmy winner David Allen, My Africa transports viewers to the untamed rangelands of Kenya as actress Lupita Nyong’o narrates the story of Naltwasha Leripe, a young Samburu woman. Whether tending daily livestock, digging “singing” wells, or rescuing a baby elephant orphaned by a poacher’s gun, Naltwasha reveals her world–of wildlife and humans intertwined.

My Africa highlights the success of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, the first community-owned elephant sanctuary in Africa. With a restored connection to these special creatures, communities like Naltwasha’s are rediscovering an age-old coexistence with wildlife.

Grenfell: Our Home

Created by Parable and premiered at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, Grenfell: Our Home is an incredibly moving documentary which shows residents talking about their homes – when they first saw the flat, how they decorated it – as the room is created using animation around them.

Wilderness: An immersive journey through Patagonia

Retaining the high quality we’ve come to expect of the Guardian’s VR experiences, Wilderness takes you on an immersive journey through the stunning landscapes of Patagonia. Shared by Argentina and Chile, Patagonia has frequently been threatened by logging and oil industries. But in January, Chile signed a historic act of conservation, creating five protected national parks covering 4m hectares.

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