Programme

Clouds over Sidra

Gabo Arora / Chris Milk / United Nations / Barry Pousman

USA, 2015 / 10 min / OV + Engish voice over / VR Documentary

The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan is home to over 80,000 Syrians fleeing war. Half of these are children. Clouds Over Sidra is the story of a 12-year-old girl who has lived there since the summer of 2013. The film follows her to school, to her makeshift tent and even to the football pitch.

It’s the first ever film shot in virtual reality for the UN, using the medium to generate greater empathy and new perspectives on people living in conditions of great vulnerability.

Clouds over Sidra is a collaboration between the UN SDG Action Campaign, UNICEF Jordan, and Hollywood Production studio Vrse.

 

Screening dates: From 2nd to 12th March 2017

Opening Hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11am – 7pm.
  • Thursday: 11am – 11pm.
  • Closed on Tuesdays

Venue: ground floor of the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain

Free admission to the ground floor of the Casino Luxembourg with access to the “BlackBox” exhibition room, the “Aquarium” and the ca(fé)sino. Free Night every Thursday from 6pm to 11pm.

Screenings
Thu 02/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 11pm Public
Fri 03/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Sat 04/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Sun 05/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Mon 06/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Wed 08/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Thu 09/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 11pm Public
Fri 10/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Sat 11/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Sun 12/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public

Motivations :  “We’re great with empathy, but we really want action because we’re the UN. We need to shift the needle on things” Gabo Arora, Filmmakermagazine, 09/15/2016

 

 “Clouds Over Sidra” is a short but powerful Virtual Reality (VR) narrative.”Adam El-Masri, The Newspapper.ca, 09/18/2016

 

I had connected with this girl from across the world. In just seven minutes in virtual reality, I had felt just a small piece of what it meant to live her life. I had felt the desolation of looking out over the camp and not knowing what would become of its inhabitants. Erica Swallow, The Tech Online Edition, 07/052015. 

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Awards
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest Award – Interactive Category, 2015 (United Kingdom)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Sidra
Voice 
Sidra
Screenplay 
Gabo Arora / Edward Robles
Music 
McKenzie Stubbert
Production 
VRSE.works
Distribution 
Here be dragons
Biography

Chris Milk is an accomplished visual artist who created music videos for Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Beck, U2, Johnny Cash, and many others. He is the founder and CEO of virtual reality storytelling company Vrse, known now as Within.

Gabo Arora is a senior advisor to the UN and an award-winning filmmaker with extensive global experience in advocacy projects related to sustainable development, human rights, post-conflict, and emergency relief.