The real life lessons we can learn from virtual reality

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With the launch of a new documentary, we look at the way virtual reality technology can be used to teach and foster empathy.

We live in an era of overexposure. The news relays constant stories of disaster, from places we have never been, people we have never met, and situations that hardly feel real. Sometimes, these issues can feel utterly intangible -- even more abstract is the idea that we could have responsibility over them. But what if you could actually walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?

This was the goal that VR piece, Night Becomes Day, set out to achieve. Slated to premiere at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, the eight minute feature provides an immersive, impressionistic experience of the lives of teenager Sohail Haqyar, musician Ali Al Suwani and artist Nakam as they work with human rights worker and occupational therapist, Theo Bogeas, to pursue their aspirations in Athens.

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