Filmed entirely inside the world of virtual reality (VR), this immersive and revealing documentary roots itself in several unique communities within VRChat, a burgeoning virtual reality platform. Through observational scenes captured in real-time, in true documentary style, this film reveals the growing power and intimacy of several relationships formed in the virtual world, many of which began during the COVID-19 lockdown, while so many in the physical world were facing intense isolation.
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