As the infantile industry of 360° films begins to emerge, many established filmmakers are capitalizing upon newly released high resolution 360° cameras and equipment to carve paths in this immersive technology. One such pioneer is Chris Milk, founder of VRSE and long-time filmmaker/installation art innovator. With the intention of 'connection humans to humans in a profound way,' as stated in his March 2015 Ted Talk about virtual reality and the future of filmmaking, Milk has partnered with the United Nations to create 360° films to illustrate the struggles people in third world countries experiences. His first project, Clouds Over Sidra, follows a 12-year old girl named Sidra who has been relocated to the Za'atari camp in Jordan, home to 84,000 Syrian refugees. In this film, we follow her daily routine and experience what life is like as a refugee. According to Milk, utilizing virtual reality to tell stories like Sidra's opens the door for the "medium to generate greater empathy and new perspectives on people living in conditions of great vulnerability."
Clouds Over Sidra was shared at The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Utilizing the content created by Milk and the VRSE team, the United Nations has plans to create a virtual reality lab where leaders and dignitaries abroad will interact with these impactful and immersive film experiences. In partnership with the United Nations, Milk's team will soon be heading to Liberia to do a 360° film on the Ebola crisis.
To view Clouds Over Sidra, download the VRSE app here.