In the documentary VR experience KUSUNDA, you meet Hema as she reminds her grandfather of his forgotten mother tongue. You navigate through the narrative by speaking words in the endangered indigenous language, and join the fight against its extinction.
KUSUNDA is an intergenerational story about the sleeping Kusunda language in western Nepal. Narrated by two of its co-creators — 86-year-old shaman Lil Bahadur and his 15-year-old granddaughter Hema — this episode looks at what makes a language become dormant and the challenging task of revitalising it.
KUSUNDA is produced by NowHere Media Production and part of the series “SPEAK TO AWAKEN” which is centered on endangered languages coproduced with Taipe based Poké Poké Creative.
A NowHere Media Production
directed and produced by Gayatri Parameswaran and Felix Gaedtke
Executive Producer: René Pinnell
Associate Producer: Mia von Kolpakow
Co-created by Gyani Maiya Kusunda, Hema Kusunda, Lil Kusunda
Co-Producers: Aliki Tsakoumi, Emma Creed, Kuan-Yuan Lai, Philipp Wenning, Sönke Kirchhof
Lead developer: Tobias Wehrum
Art Director: Moritz Mayerhofer
Technical Director: Henning Schild
Editor: Mia von Kolpakow
Sound Implementation: We Are Machine Media, David Segal
Sound Design and Composition: Mads Michelsen
I’m very happy to have worked as the Art Director on this beautiful and very special VR project.
I’ll soon post some of the artwork for it.
Find out more about the project and upcoming festival selections soon!