Here Be Dragons presents Clouds Over Sidra, a virtual reality film for the United Nations in partnership with Samsung. The film was commissioned as part of the UN’s advocacy at the World Economic Forum in Davos to state and business leaders and offers a unique perspective into the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people. 

Clouds Over Sidra follows a twelve year old in the Za’atari camp in Jordan – home to 84,000 Syrian refugees. It follows her to school, to her makeshift tent and even to the football pitch.  “At the UN, we consistently strive to bring citizens’ perspectives into the decision making process anyway possible” said Gabo Arora, Senior advisor at the UN.  “By leveraging breakthrough technologies, such as virtual reality, we can create solidarity with those who are normally excluded and overlooked, amplifying their voices and explaining their situations.” 

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. The film’s powerful capacity to allow anyone on a global scale experience life within a refugee camp has the ability to inspire the message of hope amongst not only the millions displaced but also those motivated to act.



The United Nations

Gabo Arora, Chris Milk

Creative Director
Chris Milk

Executive Producers
Chris Milk, Patrick Milling-Smith, Brian Carmody, Samantha Storr, Tamsin Glasson

Gabo Arora, Katherine Keating, Socrates Kakoulides, Christopher Fabian

Director of Photography
Barry Pousman

McKenzie Stubbert

Julian Ong


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