The future of humanitarian advocacy is here. The United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) is developing a series of films demonstrating development and humanitarian challenges, using virtual reality technology. UNMC says that the aim of this initiative is to bring the experience of vulnerable communities straight to decision makers, thereby creating deeper empathy and understanding. This supports UNMC’s efforts to elevate the voices of those who often do not have a say, bringing peoples’ voices directly into the decision making process.
The first video in the series, ‘Clouds Over Sidra’, was released a few months ago. It follows the life of a young girl living in the Za’atari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. The film has been screened at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Sundance Film Festival, The South by Southwest festival, TED conferences, and the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait.