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VR short by takes viewer to Gaza

VR short by takes viewer to Gaza, a producer of VR films, has released an eight-minute VR documentary that tells the story of a Palestinian mother in Gaza who lost two of her children to Israeli shelling in 2014.

The film, ‘My Mother’s Wing’, is the third VR documentary made by for the United Nations. It was commissioned as part of the UN’s advocacy at the World Economic Forum in Davos to state and business leaders.

A scene from ‘My Mother’s Wing’.


“At the UN, we consistently strive to bring citizens’ perspectives into the decision making process anyway possible” said Gabo Arora, senior advisor at the UN. “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.”

Patrick Milling Smith, co-founder of, said: “We are very proud to be releasing ‘My Mother’s Wing’, our third VR experience made in collaboration with the UN. 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.

The father of the two children who were killed works as a taxi drive in Gaza.

“Beneath the surface, however, it is about identifying the factors that contribute to cycles of violence, and how to disrupt them,” Smith added. “The mission of our VR series with the UN is to create awareness and empathy for these situations and events. The films have been seen in over 40 countries and translated into 15 languages and has helped raise billions in direct support and funding. Shooting this film in Gaza feels like a watershed moment in VR. Giving people access to one of the most cut off, polarizing and politized places in the world is important. Our hope is that this film can also be about healing and hope. A mother’s story is universal.”

The film was created by UN Advisor Gabo Arora, creative Ari Palitz, and creative director and executive producer, Chris Milk. It was produced by Samantha Storr and Patrick Milling Smith.

The film is available for viewing via the app, which is available on Apple iTunes, Google Play store and Oculus Gear VR store. It can also be viewed as a 360 degree video online.




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