The Day Virtual Reality Made Me Cry

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By Scott Stein

Virtual reality and tears don’t mix. It’s soggy, messy. The lenses get smeared, and everything gets damp.

I cried a lot during the 8 minutes of Clouds Over Sidra, a VR documentary made by Gabo Arora and Chris Milk that captures life in a Syrian refugee camp — the Za’atari camp in Jordan — via a 12-year-old girl named Sidra. It’s a project meant to raise awareness of the Syrian Civil War, and millions of displaced Syrians, including over 130,000 at Za’atari. Sidra has been there for 18 months.

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