In Observance of World Humanitarian Day

Oculus Blog
August 19, 2020

This World Humanitarian Day, we honor #RealLifeHeroes who help others, no matter how daunting the task. In recognition of the day’s mission to advocate for the survival, well-being, and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers, we’re highlighting some relevant 360° experiences on Oculus TV for Oculus Quest—and the Quest documentary experience Home After War.

Directed by Gayatri Parameswaran from NowHere Media in partnership with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining as part of the Oculus VR for Good initiative, Home After War takes the viewer into the tragic, real-life story of an Iraqi family’s return to Fallujah after being displaced from their home by war. Though the fighting has ended, the city remains unsafe as a result of booby-trapped homes and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) left throughout its neighborhoods. Learn about the ever-present threat posed by IEDs and what it’s like to fear the home you once loved.

The Hidden follows the developing case of a family of nine that has been enslaved in a rock quarry for 10 years—over the ludicrous sum of $70 USD. Indian government representatives, supported by human rights group International Justice Mission, plot a raid to attempt to apprehend the creditor and free the family. The end of the film features over 500 survivors of slavery. The sheer magnitude of their presence surrounds the viewer and requires both acknowledgment as well as an encounter with slavery as it exists in our lifetime. The Hidden was directed by Lindsay Branham, Founder of Novo Film.

It’s been six years since 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their hostels in Chibok, a small town in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. More than 100 girls have been rescued by the government, but 112 are still missing. Daughters of Chibok gives a voice to the mothers for whom the memory of April 14, 2014 is like yesterday. The documentary, made by Joel ‘Kachi Benson, focuses on their hopes and how they keep the pain at bay. Click here to learn more and support these incredible women.

From San Francisco’s Tenderloin District to the UN-administered Buffer Zone of Cyprus and beyond, Oculus TV is home to a variety of content that helps shed a light on the important humanitarian work being done across the globe. We hope you’ll spend some time this World Humanitarian Day reflecting on these #RealLifeHeroes in VR.