Life is slowly going back to normal in some parts of the world. For others, however, the fight against COVID-19 continues.
Virtual reality offers a welcome escape from isolation and loneliness during this global health crisis. Although it is important to stay up to date with the latest news, it’s just as important to occasionally tune out for our own mental and emotional health.
One of the most exciting things you can do in quarantine is watch a VR movie. Compared to the usual flicks you watch, VR films are shorter in length, yet more immersive. Many have 360-degree video. Often, you can even interact with others within the virtual realm.
We’ve rustled up some of the best virtual reality films to watch in quarantine so you can enjoy a uniquely immersive experience in the comfort and safety of your home.
Virtual Reality Films to Watch in Quarantine
The Finnish short film Forgotten Kiss debuted at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. A retelling of Alexander Kuprin’s Russian fairytale, it follows the story of a royal prince who was once kissed by a magical fairy. He grew up yearning to fill an incomprehensible void that was the fairy’s forgotten kiss.
The Book of Distance
Another piece you might want to watch in quarantine is The Book of Distance. The short film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, combines real photographs and animations. You can interact with elements within the space as well. For example, you can look at photographs and handle objects.
As the world continues to address racial, economic, and gender issues amidst the pandemic, we need to practice empathy now more than ever. Randall Okita’s film about his Japanese grandfather’s life and immigration to Canada offers a chance to reflect on the world’s most pressing issues and how anyone can help those in need.
If you missed Everest at FIVARS last year, there’s no better time to watch it. Travel up the world’s highest mountain alongside climber Jon Griffith and Sherpa Tenji. Follow their death-defying climb up Everest without bottled oxygen.
Virtual Reality in Quarantine
There has been an uptick in VR applications in the past few months. While immersive experiences do provide good entertainment, they can offer more, especially during these trying times. According to a new study in Italy, virtual reality can effectively help people cope with stress and isolation in quarantine. For instance, escaping to a relaxing virtual environment can make one feel less anxious later in the day.
Virtual reality provides a safe space to reflect on our current situation. Aside from films, there are plenty of VR experiences that can help you stay sane in quarantine. With the Venice International Film Festival scheduled to take place in September, you’ll have new VR films to watch before the year ends.
As the lockdowns go on, learning how to cope with the daily anxieties caused by the pandemic becomes increasingly important. Fortunately, virtual reality has proven to be an invaluable tool for easing stress amid these challenging times.