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Here’s why 360 stories matter

Tiny World Productions here -- we’re taking over this week's Keeping Tabs newsletter to highlight some interactive stories on refugees.

Last week, we started releasing our most recent project, The Wait: Inside the Lives of Asylum Seekers in Germany. The Wait is based on interviews conducted in Germany earlier this year. This series tells the stories of asylum seekers through text, animation, interviews and 360 video. The use of 360 video allows viewers to jump into the story and empathize to a greater extent. (Click above on the trailer to get a better sense of our project.)Soon we'll be featured on the 19 Million Project. The Project asks: “How will future generations judge our response to the greatest humanitarian response of our lifetime?” We don’t want to tell future generations that we did nothing. At Tiny World Productions, our goal is simple — to go beyond the numbers and bring the audience into the stories. 

Through our research on VR and 360 video we’ve come across many refugee stories. Look below for a few of our favorites.

Lucify helps organizations visualize, communicate and understand data. They are a group of Finnish interactive producers who created this piece on the number of people coming to Europe over time. “Europe is experiencing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Based on data from the UN, we clarify the scale of the crisis.”
RYOT goes inside Calais refugee camp: In this powerful portrait, the viewer is brought into a refugee camp in Calais, France. “If you want to do anything — you have to stay in line,” one refugee says of the conditions inside the camp.
This is a powerful multimedia package by the Washington Post detailing the challenges refugees face along the way to Europe. 
Vrse (now Within) and the UN produce Clouds Over Sidra: The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war. This is the story of Sidra, a 12-year old girl who has spent the last 18 months in Zaatari. A great example of narrative storytelling using 360 video.
If these stories move you to take financial action, we recommend the following organizations:

Moabit Hilft, a German organization working to improve the horrific situation at LaGeSo -- the social services agency responsible for helping settle newly arrived refugees in Berlin.

Kiron University, a nonprofit based in Germany providing refugees opportunities for higher education.

International Rescue Committee, a global organization dedicated to supporting refugees in a variety of ways.
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