“War Seems Far Away – Till You Experience It Yourself “
What sounds like a nightmare is the terrifying reality in many places of the world. The pictured scene is pulled out of the Syrian Civil war and actually happened like this. The American company Emblematic Group reconstructed the scene on the basis of original photo and video records. Via Oculus Rift, everyone can share the event now. “War seems far away”, says Emblematic-Group-Founder Nonny De La Peña, “till you experience it yourself.”
“Project Syria” is a video game that transports the participants into the Syrian Civil War in Aleppo and into a refugee camp. The goal is to open people’s eyes and show what would otherwise be difficult to communicate through reports and photos. This is emblematic for a new form of journalism that opens up new doors for storytelling through Virtual Reality (VR). For example, the video shows how VR creates new worlds, in which the viewers don’t stay passive, but rather find themselves in the very center of the story. Being a part of the plot, they witness the events with all their senses. In the case of “Project Syria “, the intense experience should help to understand what it means to be in the middle of the Syrian Civil War. This can lead to more understanding for the people who are trying to escape the horrors.
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