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_The Sun Ladies VR

An intimate VR journey to the lives of a group of Yazidi women fighting ISIS in Iraq.

2018 Celine Tricart,Christian Stephen
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“Meeting the Sun Ladies was a life-changing experience. We didn’t speak the same language, but we bonded. The second-in-command was a badass 22 year-old woman named Fahima. When I left the base where they were stationed, she told me “I love you”. As we drove through ISIS territory back to Erbil, I wasn’t scared anymore. I knew I wanted to tell their story and do whatever I could to help them.”

Celine Tricart, Co-Director.

The Sun Ladies VR takes the viewer on an intimate journey to the lives of a group of Yazidi women fighting ISIS in Iraq. Narrated from the point of view of Xate Shingali, the captain of the Sun Ladies troop, the VR experience follows the dramatic changes in her life. Spanning from her career as a known singer in Kurdistan to the invasion of ISIS soldiers in her Yazidi community of Sinjar, who killed the men and took the women as sex slaves, and the decision to form this women army to protect and free their sisters.

This 7-minute VR piece combines Xate’s voice over with press footage on the conflict, an animation built with the Oculus VR tool Quill, and 360 videos of the women’s daily life in the camp. The depiction created conveys a unique portrait that focuses on the power of these women as makers of a counter-history of resistance.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : Iraq,United States
Year : 2018
Author : Celine Tricart,Christian Stephen
Producer : Celine Tricart,Maria Bello
Team : Celine Tricart,Christian Stephen,Christina DiDonna,Dylan Roberts,Ed Harcourt,Elijah Allen-Blitz,Geralyn Dreyfous,Kate Brooks,Laurel Werner,Mark Simpson,Rema DuPont,Sara Clessler,Tim Gedemer,Wesley Allsbrook
Exhibition Venues : Go Short,Sundance,SXSW,World VR Forum
Trailer :

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