Extended Reality

As the global issue of refugees increases in importance and urgency, resistance to accepting them into Western countries is also escalating. The Canadian Labour Congress wanted to create a campaign that would increase empathy and awareness. We decided to use VR technology that put the viewer into the shoes of a North American refugee. In this setting, they were able to feel the danger, emotion and drama of what it is to be a refugee in their own country.

— canadianlabour.ca

The Refugee Experience is an award-winning short film that pushed the way virtual reality was being used as a storytelling device – combining innovatively shot 360º video with practical and computer-generated effects alongside spatial audio. The video was available online as part of a larger content marketing program. It was also toured across Canada and is still having an impact to this day.