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Sharing Syria’s pain: immersive journalism project aims to boost empathy

by Futures Centre, Nov 4
1 minute read

A team of designers has created a virtual reality film where participants can ‘experience’ the war in Syria. It includes a realistic rocket attack and shows the growth of a refugee camp.


The World Economic Forum commissioned the work of immersive journalism, called Project Syria. It is hoped that virtual immersion in the conflict will inspire a unique feeling of empathy towards the plight of Syria civilians in users, who will literally see the conflict through their own eyes.

The virtual reality film is viewed by using a headset and earphones, giving 360° vision. Civil and business leaders participated at the Davos World Economic Forum this year.

Created at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, the virtual reality was premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Image credit: Jordi Boixareu / Flickr


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