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Directed by Gabo Arora

Executive produced by Reza Aslan

Produced by Jennifer Tiexiera

Created with support from Sensorium, Superbright, and Tomorrow Never Knows. 

ZIKR

Premiere Sundance Film Festival 2018

VR Experience ‘ZIKR: A SUFI REVIVAL’ was acquired in a historic Sundance Deal, one of the first two major VR acquisitions at Sundance.

ZIKR is the first VR documentary to be sold at the Sundance Film Festival

We have acquired the politically charged, interactive, virtual reality documentary, ZIKR: A SUFI REVIVAL. Secured on the last day of the Festival by Tomorrow Never Knows’ Nathan Brown, the agreement entails funding to complete the VR experience, and for global representation and distribution.

It is the first ever agreement for a virtual reality documentary brokered during the Sundance Film Festival. We are backing VR’s promise for an innovative and valuable industry. 

“There is real demand and a growing market for distinctive storytelling in VR/AR,” said Brown. “To partner with Andy Whittaker, founder of Dogwoof, one of the world’s most acclaimed producers and distributors of non-fiction stories, is more than a signal, it’s a lightning bolt for the entire industry.” 

ZIKR: A Sufi Revival premiered January 19th in the New Frontier section of the Sundance Film Festival. The film takes four participants on an interactive, virtual reality journey into a world of ecstatic ritual and music in order to explore the nature of faith alongside followers of this mystical Islamic tradition. By opening up an experience to Sufism dancing and singing alongside members of the Tunisian group Association de la Renaissance du Maalouf et du Chant Soufi de Sidi Bou Saïd, it aims to shed light on a crucially misrepresented religion, revealing an Islamic practice of inclusion, acceptance, art, joy and understanding.

“ZIKR is a gem. A profoundly moving VR experience, which will change people’s perspectives,” commented Andy Whittaker. “We cannot wait to show it to international festivals, museums and art venues knowing it can have the kind of profound impact Alejandro Iñárritu’s piece has had at LACMA.”

ZIKR: A Sufi Revival is created by award-Winning filmmakers Gabo Arora, John Fitzgerald and Matthew Niederhauser, and by SENSORIUM, SUPERBRIGHT, and TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS, in partnership with BoomGen Studios and 1001 Media. It is produced by Jennifer Tiexiera, with executive producers Reza Aslan, Mayhad Tousi, Mohab Tarek Khattab, Eva L. Burns, and Cameron Brodie. 

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CAST & CREDITS
Project Creator: Aaron Bradbury
Key Collaborators: Paul Mowbray, Antoine Cayrol, Jill Klekas Basmajian
Producers: Paul Mowbray, Antoine Cayrol, Jill Klekas Basmajian
Executive Producer: René Pinnell
Co-Producers: Fred Volhuer, Alethea Avramis, Pierre Zandrowicz
Co-Producer: Arnaud Colinart
Cast Members: Lisa Elin

VESTIGE

Vestige is a room-scale VR creative documentary that uses multi-narrative and volumetric live capture to take the viewer on a journey into the mind of Lisa as she remembers her lost love, Erik. Within an empty void, fragments of past memories appear of their life together. As we navigate the space to explore these moments, new memories are triggered revealing new pathways through the story. Over time the memories become entangled with a haunting vision and eventually lead us to the shocking moment of Erik’s death. Every viewing will reveal a different journey towards this moment, revealing the complex world of memory and grief.

Aaron Bradbury, Director

Aaron is an award winning VR creator whose work has been screened at festivals throughout the world including Cannes, Annecy and SXSW as well as being featured on platforms such as Within and Transport. His experience with interactive installation and immersive storytelling give him a unique understanding of narrative within the VR format. His powerful and emotive work on the 3D 360° video VR experience LoVR has achieved critical acclaim globally.

https://www.tribecafilm.com/filmguide/vestige-2018