The latest project from Contrast VR, Al Jazeera's immersive media studio, was released last week, and seeks to re-invoke attention to the Syrian refugee crisis, and, more importantly, the people involved.
The project, produced in partnership with international charity World Vision, encompasses two films shot in 360-degrees: 'Dreaming in Za'atari: Stories After Syria', filmed and produced by the team at Contrast VR, and '7 Stories for 7 Years', a documentary shot by Syrian refugee children themselves, who were all trained in using the technology and telling stories by the staff at Contrast VR.
In this week's podcast, we speak to Zahra Rasool, editorial lead at Contrast VR, who tells us why virtual reality was a good fit for the story, and why letting people tell their own stories can often be a more powerful way of getting through to audiences.
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