Virtual Reality has been called the “Ultimate Empathy Machine.” Some, like Chris Milk, taut VR’s ability to move us, saying “VR connects humans to other humans in a profound way I’ve never before seen in any other form of media, and it can change people’s perception of each other,” Milk says in a TED Talk. He continues on to say, “That is why I think virtual reality has the potential to actually change the world.”
Others, such as Sam Gregory, a Harvard University adjunct lecturer on human rights thinks VR may be “confusing immersion for empathy.”
After watching our choices for the most moving and emotional VR experiences we agree with Milk. Take the time and watch all of them. Maybe in a place where you won’t mind shedding a tear.
We’d love to know your thoughts.
1. Defying the Nazis VR
This is a companion piece to the PBS Ken Burns documentary “Defying The Nazis”. Also worth watching, Ken Burns is one of the most gifted documentarians of our time. Defying the Nazis VR re-creates a 1939 transatlantic rescue mission that saved the lives of 27 children from Nazi Europe.
Watch the video here:
Also, don’t miss a Holocaust survivor experiencing the video and reliving her rescue.
2. Virtual Reality Lets WWII Veteran Revisit Town He Helped Liberate
Produced by: Twine
Watch as 91-year-old World War II veteran Frank Mouqué returns to the French town of Armentières, which he helped liberate. The video shows him being greeted by survivors, school children and the mayor of Armentières presting Mouqué with the medal of honor.
3. Clouds Over Sidra
Produced by: Chris Milk
Watch as Sidra, a charming 12-year-old girl guides you through her temporary home: The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Zaatari is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war, and children make up half the camp’s population.