Renowned virtual reality (VR) production company Vrse.works, which has created experiences including The Displaced, Clouds Over Sidra, Waves Of Grace, Catatonic and many more has now unveiled its latest production. Created in collaboration with the United Nations, Vrse.works has made My Mother’s Wing about life in Gaza.
My Mother’s Wing looks at the lives of the people who live in the Gaza Strip, following a mother who lost two young sons in a school shelled during the devastating 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. She demonstrates how she channels her response to pain with resilience and tenderness.
Created by Senior UN Advisor Gabo Arora, Vrse.works creative, Ari Palitz, and creative director and executive producer, Chris Milk, My Mother’s Wing was produced by Samantha Storr and Patrick Milling Smith. “At the UN, we consistently strive to bring citizens’ perspectives into the decision making process anyway possible” said Arora, in a statement. “By leveraging breakthrough technologies, such as virtual reality, we can create solidarity with those who are normally excluded and overlooked, amplifying their voices and explaining their situations.”
“We are very proud to be releasing ‘My Mother’s Wing’, our third VR experience made in collaboration with the UN”, said Vrse.works co-founder, Patrick Milling Smith. “On the surface, My Mother’s Wing is about a woman coping with the loss of her two children after an Israeli air strike bombed a UN school. She attends support groups, spends more time with her remaining children, and frets over their psychological fragility. Beneath the surface, however, it is about identifying the factors that contribute to cycles of violence, and how to disrupt them. The mission of our VR series with the UN is to create awareness and empathy for these situations and events.”
The experience can be downloaded through the Vrse app for iOS, Android or on Samsung Gear VR. For iOS or Android, users will need a VR head-mounted display (HMD) like Google Cardboard, Merge VR or similar.
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