East of the Rockies is an experimental augmented-reality story written by 83-year-old 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 Joy’s own 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 palm of users’ hands. Users become directors as they physically move through the 3D environment at their own speed with proximity-based interactions, tapping, and swiping mechanics.
Story-driven interactions emphasize narrative elements by showing everyday life in the Slocan, BC internment camp. Paint alongside Yuki’s younger brother, Tomio or find solace in the camp’s bathhouse. Whether or not users enable AR, East of the Rockies tells an important story with innovative and artful technology.
- Experience Augmented Reality Storytelling
- Play with our without Augmented Reality controls.
- Discover historical photos and documents from Vancouver’s former Japantown
- Proximity based interactions
- 3D audio design
- Beautiful, original soundtrack
- Teacher’s guide available at https://eastoftherockies.com/press-kit
Go more in-depth with the East of the Rockies High School Learning Kit available at https://eastoftherockies.com/press-kit. NFB Education uses an inquiry-based learning approach which poses questions and scenarios to help students understand and go deeper into the experience of life in the Slocan Japanese internment camp during the Second World War.
Download East of the Rockies today and discover this important Canadian story incorporating an innovative and artful new technology.
East of the Rockies is a co-production with Jam3 and the National Film Board of Canada.
- fixed a bug in the "wood chop" scene where users were getting stuck and couldn't progress.
Ratings and Reviews
A big thank you.
I met my wife in Vancouver January 1977, married that June, her family were interred and lost everything. They did get $20,000 reparation, for each person up to just prior to my wife Keiko’s birth.
I am British, but my Japanese family made me part of theirs immediately. Several of our relatives were interred in Raymond, some live in Coaldale, Alberta.
I am very proud of the family I married into 42 years ago.
My wife’s parents were both first born nissei so they were sent by their families by tradition to live with their grandparents to learn the language and traditions of Japan. They came back from Japan to brothers and sisters that found it hard to relate to a broth or sister that knew Japanese more than English and then to end up shoved into the Hastings Park ‘temporary housing’ cramped bunks with only what you could carry.
Even very long after it all happened, my brother-in-law left for Portland, Oregon, due to name calling by his neighbour.
So proud to be a part of their family.
Thank you for this.
Member of the 2 man production/design team Official Program Calgary Winter Olympics
Amazing! Perfect use of AR! Beautiful music and graphics. Really enjoyed it 👍🏻
Uninstalled this game just because it keeps rotating ipad orientation.
If this is supposed to be a relaxing game, this orientation rotation gives me anxiety. No other apps does this. It’s infuriating. Not worth a single second.
- National Film Board / Office national du film
- 399.8 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Wi-Fi (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), and iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation).
- Age Rating
- Rated 9+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © Jam3 and National Film Board of Canada
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.