If you haven’t seen Clouds Over Sidra yet, go. I’ll wait. This short documentary is powerful even if it wasn’t made for viewing in VR. So, like I said, I’ll wait. Go watch it no matter what device you are on right now.
Clouds Over Sidra is about the life of Sidra, a 12-year old girl who has spent the last 18 months, as of January 2015, in the Zaatari Refugee Camp. Zaatari is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war. Children make up half the cap’s population. This 8 and a half minute documentary gives you a slice of life for this little girl, her family, her friends, and the other children who have been torn away from their lives and wait on the day that they can return to their homes and normalcy… if either will still exist when, or if, they are are allowed to do so.
The 360 degree platform allows you to see life moving around the camp, to observe their version of day to day living and hear the story from the voice of a child. If you have a VR capable headset, then you are immersed in this world in which Sidra lives and will experience the harsh atmosphere and the hopeful nature of every around her. Don’t miss the irony that plays out in the computer area where the boys play online games, though.
This is the power of VR at work. It educates, entertains, and immerses you in the moment. It can be used to broaden the hearts and minds of humans all over the world as adoption grows and price for entry keeps coming down.
I look forward to our future.