A liberal arts student returning to school, a touring punk band, and a desi auntie with curry powder in her carry-on bag are randomly selected to be interrogated at an international airport. The common thread: their perceived Muslim identity. Inspired by project creator Asad J. Malik’s own inevitable connection with the brutal Syrian president for their nearly identical names, ASAD & ASSAD is an Augmented Reality interactive documentary that combines volumetric video and hand-drawn animation to capture the wide spectrum of perceived Muslim identities.
Put on the Hololens and take a walk, stopping to meet holograms of numerous human beings of distinct identities as they are questioned by an unseen interlocutor. Watch and listen as these interrogations become startlingly intimate encounters between you and them.