East of the Rockies app lets you be a prisoner of a concentration camp in augmented reality

In many ways, Japanese internees during World War II were treated worse than their fellow American prisoners of war in Nazi and Japanese concentration camps. The Canadian authorities confiscated their property, and many were forcibly deported to their historical homeland. Many restrictions persisted for some time after the end of the war.

Canadian writer Joy Kogawa, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Jam3 design agency detailed the Japanese internment camp in an augmented reality app called East of the Rocky Mountains, based on Kogawa's Obasan and Itsuka novels.

The stories describe the fate of 17-year-old Yuka and her family, who are forced to adapt to camp life in Slokane, in the mountainous part of the Canadian province of British Columbia. Users of the app have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of camp life in the light of the story told by Yuki. By the way, she was voiced by Kogawa's granddaughter - Anne Canyut.

The app boasts gorgeous visuals and masterful storytelling. East of the Rockies will also be available for lessons through the NFB Curriculum Kit. It is designed to help students get used to the complex realities of the lives of internees and better understand the events that took place then.