TheEast of the Rockies app is an experiential augmented reality (AR) story written by Joy Kogawa, one of Canada’s most acclaimed and celebrated literary figures. The story is told from the perspective of Yuki, a 17-year-old girl forced from her home and made to live in the Slocan internment camp during the Second World War. As Yuki and her family adjust to their new reality inside the camp, they struggle to make life as normal as possible. Users follow the story by tapping, swiping, inspecting, and zooming in on key elements within each scene. Every interaction activates a piece of scripted narrative voiced by Kogawa’s granddaughter. Spoken in the first person, each line illuminates a different aspect of life in the camp, as documented in Yuki’s journal. East of the Rockies can be played in non-AR mode and in cutting-edge AR technology to bring impactful storytelling into the palms of users’ hands. Whether or not users enable AR, East of the Rockies tells an important story with innovative and artful technology. A coproduction with Ja3 and the National Film Board of Canada, East of the Rockies is available for iOS mobile devices. Cost: $1.99
Plus: The East of the Rockies Learner Kit uses an inquiry-based learning approach that poses questions and scenarios to help high school students understand and go deeper into the experience of life in the Slocan Japanese internment camp during the Second World War.
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