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By Ina Fried

I’ve tried on a bunch of virtual reality headsets but one of my critiques is that having 360 degrees of vision doesn’t always lead to a more powerful narrative. 

This was decidedly not the case with Chris Milk who used the immersive properties of virtual reality to tell the story of Sidra, a 12-year-old girl living in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. The virtual reality element lets you not just peer into her world, but really get a feel for life inside the camp. In “Clouds Over Sidra” you feel as if it is you encircled by barbed wire, forced to live in tiny barracks surrounded by so many similar-looking bungalow buildings.

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