Amnesty International and Al-Jazeera launch virtual reality documentary to highlight Rohingya refugee crisis

Amnesty International has teamed up with Al-Jazeera to produce a virtual reality documentary to shine a spotlight on the escalating Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar.

The documentary, called ‘I Am Rohingya’, is the first to be produce by Contrast VR, Al Jazeera’s immersive media studio and tells the story of Jamalida Begum, a Rohingya Muslim, and her two children in the slums of the Kutupalong refugee encampments in Bangladesh.

Jamalida is one of the thousands who fled Myanmar to escape the atrocities faced by Rohingya Muslims and are now seeking refuge in Bangladesh because they are unable to return to their homes.

The documentary is supplemented with a mix of video that is filmed on a Nokia OZO camera and post-production animation that shows Jamalida, describing her memories and life while narrating her story in the background.

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Shawn Lim is a reporter at The Drum, covering industry news around the Asia Pacific region with a focus on Singapore and Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore, he has worked across photography, video and online, covering a range of subjects including current affairs and sports.

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