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Limbo is a virtual experience that unveils the precarious state of asylum seekers in UK.

2017 Shehani Fernando
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“There are approximately 31,500 asylum seekers in the UK waiting for a decision about their asylum status. This film allows you to experience what it is like to live in this period of limbo, waiting for a decision that will affect the rest of your life.”

Francesca Panetta, co-director, to Docubase

Limbo is a VR experience that allows users to experience what life is like for asylum seekers who are waiting to hear their residency status in the UK. Limbo is made from interviews with immigration lawyers, barristers, and asylum seekers from 12 countries. Narrated by voices of real asylum seekers, Limbo places viewers in the point of view of those navigating the challenges of arriving to an unfamiliar city in which one has an uncertain future. This VR experience reveals the complex emotions that asylum seekers face, such as fear for loved ones left at home to worries for being unable to work and the isolation caused by the asylum process.

Presented in black and white, Limbo brings attention to the psychological and emotional challenges of this uncertain state of being that over 31,500 asylum seekers in the UK experience. Coupled with articles on the Guardian that bring light to this issue, Limbo is available on Daydream and as a 360 Youtube video.

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Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : United Kingdom
Year : 2017
Author : Shehani Fernando
Producer : Francesca Panetta,Ivor Sims,Nicole Jackson,ScanLAB Projects,Shehani Fernando,The Guardian
Team : Joe Dunthorne,Pascal Wyse
Developers : ScanLAB Projects,The Guardian
Designers : Andrew Mason,The Guardian
Topics : Global Community,Immigration,Journalism,Politics,Refugees,Urban Life
Technologies : 360 Video,ScanLABS
Techniques : 3D scanning,Lidar scanning,Point Cloud,Virtual reality
Exhibition Venues : Go Short,Haifa International Film Festival,IDFA DocLab,PHI Centre Virtual Reality Garden,San Francisco Film Festival,Thessaloniki Film Festival
Awards & Nominations : 2017 CICLOPE Film Festival Finalist for VR,2017 Shortlisted for IDFA DocLab Competition,2018 Social Impact Media Awards Awards - Best Editing,2018 Thessaloniki International Film Festival - VR International Competition 2018 Thessaloniki International Film Festival - VR International Competition
Funders AND Incubators : Google,United Nations
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