The 2020 Games for Change Festival kicks off July 14, and we’re excited to participate in this year’s virtual event by hosting a selection of 360° films now through July 19 exclusively on Oculus TV for Oculus Quest.
Here’s a look at the lineup of immersive films:
Daughters of Chibok
Developer: VR360 Stories
In 2014, the sleepy agrarian community of Chibok (Borno State, Northeast Nigeria) was thrust into the global spotlight when the dreaded, anti-women education, terrorist group Boko Haram stormed the town at night and abducted 276 teenage schoolgirls from their dormitories. The world watched in shock and horror as videos of the girls, surrounded by machine gun-wielding terrorists, surfaced all over the internet and satellite channels across the globe. This VR documentary deals with the aftermath of the kidnappings and explores topical global issues of gender rights and the right to education.
Experience the incredible world of the Jeju Haenyeo (Sea Women) in VR. Take in the elements from the Haenyeo perspective, and dive with them as they harvest the sea. Listen to the youngest Haenyeo as she describes her work, community, and identity as one of Korea’s amazing Sea Women, a culture battling to define its place in modern Korea. Added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage List in 2016, the female divers on Jeju Island, known as the Jeju Haenyeo, are women who dive for shellfish without the aid of oxygen. The Haenyeo is made up of an aging class of women, some as old as 80, who spend hours diving in harsh conditions in a tradition that dates back centuries.
The Holy City
Developer: Holy City VR
The Holy City is a one-of-a-kind VR experience, capturing the indescribable magnetism of Jerusalem and offering virtual visitors the ability to immerse themselves at the heart of one of the holiest places on the planet, in an undeniable spiritual experience that mirrors actual presence and memory. Through cultivating understanding, this extremely powerful tool to elicit empathy supports multiculturalism and diversity initiatives while giving visitors a broader understanding of pluralism and a tool to explore our fundamental similarities.
Developer: Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation & Oculus VR for Good
Alongside her rambunctious little brother Isko, Geramy is determined to find a better way to get to school than her current mode of transportation—swimming! This 3D animated virtual reality project is made possible by the partnership between Oculus VR for Good and the Filipino NGO Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation.
Pearls of New York
Developer: Overview Collective
In the 1600s, there were 220,000 acres of oyster reefs in a thriving NY Harbor; but by the 1900s, it was mostly lifeless due to pollution, dredging and over-harvesting. Join efforts to regenerate this delicate keystone species with the goal of reintroducing 1 billion oysters by 2030.
Silence in Paradise
Developer: Kunze Productions
Silence in Paradise is an immersive VR documentary about the aftermath of the Camp Fire that started on November 8, 2018, in Butte County, Northern California. The wildfire quickly became the deadliest and most destructive in modern US history. Silence in Paradise takes the audience on a visceral journey into the devastating aftermath of the Camp Fire, while exploring human struggles against climate change, big corporations, and politics.
Developer: AJ Contrast
Still Here is an immersive multimedia project exploring incarceration and gentrification in New York City through the lens of a fictional character named Jasmine Smith who returns to Harlem after 15 years in prison.
Tune in to the XR for Change Immersive Showcase, now through July 19 on Oculus TV for Oculus Quest.