The Book of Distance

National Film Board of Canada
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5 reviews

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Play Area

Standing

Room-scale

Input Method

VIVE Controllers

Oculus Touch

Windows MR Controllers

VIVE Cosmos Controllers

Valve Index Controllers

Content Rating

Everyone

Release Date

Latest Update

Version

5.0

Media Type

App

Number of Players

Singleplayer

Languages

Interface Audio Subtitles

English (United States)

French (Canada)

Japanese

System requirements

Available OS

Windows 10

Available OS Bit

64-bit

Processor

· Intel Core i5-4590 or Better

Memory

16 GB

DirectX Version

Disk Space

6 GB

Graphics

· Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or better

Additional Notes

Developer information

Developer

National Film Board of Canada

Contact

nfbstores@nfb.ca

Publisher

National Film Board of Canada

Contact

nfbstores@nfb.ca

COMPATIBLE WITH:

VIVE
VIVE Cosmos
VIVE Pro
Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift S
Valve Index
Windows Mixed Reality

GENRE:

Documentary
Narrative

Description

In 1935, Yonezo Okita left his home in Hiroshima, Japan, and began a new life in Canada. Then war and state-sanctioned racism changed everything—he became the enemy. Three generations later, his grandson, artist Randall Okita, leads us on an interactive virtual pilgrimage through an emotional geography of immigration and family to recover what was lost.

The Book of Distance blends techniques from mechanical sculpture, film, and stage to redefine personal storytelling in virtual reality. Family archives add a haunting layer of realism. 2D and 3D hand-crafted sets reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, evocative character design, and seamless choreography combine with surprising moments of interaction to gently whisk us across the ocean and through the years.

Okita invites us to participate in this generous act of imagination: a space of magical theatre and generational echoes. He never strays too far from our side as we move through the story’s darker moments.

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What's New

Festivals - Official Selection:

- Sundance Film Festival – Official Selection, New Frontier (2020)
- Tribeca Film Festival – Official Selection, Tribeca Immersive (2020)
- Cannes XR – Tribeca Virtual Arcade @ Cannes XR (2020)
- Venice International Film Festival – Venice VR Expanded, Best of VR (2020)
- Vancouver International Film Festival – Official Selection, VIFF Immersed
- Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) – Beyond Reality Exhibition (2020)

Reviews:

“The Book of Distance is the best immersive storytelling experience I've seen yet.” 
– Kent Bye, Voices of VR
 
“A piece filled with beauty and longing, that looks at the past to define the present.” 
– XRMust

“Sundance best narrative: The Book of Distance.” 
– The Verge

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