|2017||Elie Zananiri,Yasmin Elayat|
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“If [the project] communicates to someone what is at stake and how dangerous cyber warfare can be, and the fact that we are not allowed to even question it or talk about it or acknowledge it as a country… then I think that we did our job .”
Yasmin Elayat, author
“Zero Days VR” is a companion piece to Alex Gibney’s 2016 feature documentary of the same name, which investigates the mysterious Stuxnet computer virus discovered in 2010 that disrupted Iranian nuclear facilities and examines the looming front of global cyberwarfare. In the VR film, the viewer learns about the history and path of the virus, takes the form of the malware itself as it winds its way through cyberspace and computer systems, interviews an NSA whistleblower and imagines the future dangers of cyberwarfare. The project combines immersive virtual spaces, original illustrated graphics of the virus’ processes, and the juxtaposition of news-breaking reveals from the informant with public news archives to make the documentary’s experience native to virtual reality.