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Escape from Sweden—A Virtual Reality Experience
December 15, 2015 @ 10:00 – 13:00
Bombs are falling. Sweden is at war. Put yourself in the shoes of a five-year-old child trying to get out of the country in this immersive virtual reality experience.
On December 15, you have the chance for an exclusive try-out of a prototype of the immersive experience Escape from Sweden, a virtual reality film that can be viewed on the latest Oculus Rift headset and as an app for Google Cardboard. It is a first-person story seen through the eyes of a small child. The aim of the film is to create a better understanding of the lifeworlds of refugees.
Time and place: 10:00–13:00, December 15, on the ground floor of Niagara, Malmö University. The duration of the virtual reality film is 7–15 minutes. You can also see a projection of photographs from a 2014 road trip that director Josepha Wessels took in Syria when she visited the refugee camps in the north of Syria in the Medea Showroom.
ESCAPE FROM SWEDEN—The first scene is in a dark basement. You see your mother, and there’s an eerie, rumbling sound in the background. Suddenly, there is the sound of bombardment. Your mother comforts you and looks at her mobile phone. Another distant bombing is heard. Suddenly, a bomb falls very close.
Your mother gets up and tells you to be quiet as she is going to the door to see what is happening. After a period of silence, she returns and tells you to get up and go with her. From here on, chance will direct the viewer upon several different possible escape routes to get out of Malmö and Sweden—some which will be successful, some not.
Escape from Sweden is presented in conjunction with the event Christmas Gifts for Refugees, hosted by students at the Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University. This takes place at 10–18 on December 15 on the ground floor of Niagara.
A team with warzone experiences
The members of the Escape from Sweden project team have backgrounds in the arts, music, game development, radio and film. The team is international and many have personal experiences from warzones such as Syria, the Balkans and Darfur, having been either filmmakers covering warzones or personally having experienced what it is like to be a refugee and fleeing warzones. The project team came together when they were selected by the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival in Malmö to engage in a Virtual Reality Hackathon. This transmedia project is supported by Boost HBG and Malmö stad.
The members are:
Fitore Osmanaj (Kosovo/Sweden), producer
Joshka Wessels (Holland/Syria/Sweden), director and post-doctoral researcher
Mohammad Abusbaih (Palestine/Sweden), cinematographer
Pär Moberg (Sweden), creator and musician
Jannek Egeskov Kristensen (Denmark), programmer
Morten Brunbjerg (Denmark), scriptwriter