Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung, together with social organization Caritas Austria and telecom company T-Mobile, wanted to create their first immersive journalistic piece. The function of this 360º VR video documentary was to serve as a debate-stimulating tool on the topic of refugees intended for Austrian teenage students within the context of Caritas’s youth social work.
Together with Wiener Zeitung, we traveled to the refugee camp of Moussa Taleb in Lebanon to gather the testimonies of Syrian refugees on their journey to Lebanon. We also collected the stories of the Syrian refugees who chose Austria as their new safe haven. Most of the people we interviewed were of a similar age as the people the project intended to reach, adding an extra layer of empathy to the final message. All the stories were placed together in a way that would help viewers reflect on the topics of humanitarian assistance, displacement, and the determination to survive, inviting them to start a dialog with one another on these topics.
360° eXodus is the first Austrian production to illustrate the topic of refugees in VR. In 2016, it received the prestigious Prälat Leopold Ungar Journalist Prize in the Online category.
Thomas Seifert, vice editor-in-chief of Wiener Zeitung