Kusunda is a spatial documentary about a indigenous language in Nepal that is on the brink of going dormant and falling asleep. It’s an incredibly powerful story that uses photogrammetry, Tilt Brush interpretations of oral history, and interactive natural language processing actions that help teach the interactor a number of Kununda vocabulary terms. It’s a production that had to adapt to COVID-19 by innovating other metaphoric & spatial ways of telling this story.
I had a chance to talk with Now Here Media co-founders Gayatri Parameswaran and Felix Gaedtke after their Tribeca World Premier in June, 2021. We explore their journey producing this piece, the special considerations telling this story spatially, and the deep listening involved in producing a piece like this.
Kusunda won the Tribeca Storyscapes Grand Jury prize, and is currently featured out of competition at the Venice Film Festival VR Expanded selection until September 19th.
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