Documentary uses VR to help veterans relive past glories

By XING WEN | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2023-08-31 08:01
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Public attention will often gravitate toward the collective stories of surviving veterans on the anniversary marking the end of the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53), which fell on July 27.

Living members of the Chinese People's Volunteers during the war might be invited to recount the tales of the tumultuous era as witnesses to a chapter of history that most have only read about.

Yet, within the narratives that unfold, CPV veterans are often portrayed as a unified entity, emblematic of a generation's sacrifice and courage.

However, this year, amid this collective spotlight, a new documentary, Searching Beyond Time and Space, endeavors to view history from a different perspective — to go beyond the collective and uncover the thoughts of individual soldiers, and find out if they carry with them any lingering regrets or unfulfilled aspirations in the twilight of their lives.

Moreover, the production unit, by using virtual reality technology, offers the veterans an opportunity to revisit moments in the past and address those regrets in the virtual realm.

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