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_Zikr : A Sufi Revival

Through a combination of 360-degree video and virtual interactivity, Zikr gives you a front-row seat to young singers and dancers while also letting you partake in the experience.

2018 Gabo Arora,John Fitzgerald,Matthew Niderhauser
AR,EN,EN (subtitles) Visit the project

“These rituals… I think they transform you, and they have a transformative effect that you can only understand through experience (…) I just thought, ‘Hey, VR — that’s what it’s for!’… Can it work for these types of religious experiences?”

Gabo Arora, Author, in Engadget.

Zikr: A Sufi Revival takes four participants on an interactive, virtual reality journey into a world of ecstatic ritual and music in order to explore the nature of faith alongside followers of this mystical Islamic tradition. By opening up an experience to Sufism, dancing and singing alongside members of the Tunisian group Association de la Renaissance du Maalouf et du Chant Soufi de Sidi Bou Saïd, it aims to shed light on a crucially misrepresented religion, revealing an Islamic practice of inclusion, acceptance, art, joy and understanding.

Understanding Sufism, by its very nature, is experiential. It is a commonly misunderstood branch of Islam that is often typecast as esoteric, mystical, and far outside of mainstream practices. But in many Muslim countries, Sufism is deeply bound to national heritage and other artistic outlets. Zikr enables four people at a time to experience Sufism much as practitioners do in Tunisia and, together, participate in ecstatic music rituals and encounter new spiritual possibilities.

Project at a Glance :

Language : AR,EN,EN (subtitles)
Country : Tunisia
Year : 2018
Author : Gabo Arora,John Fitzgerald,Matthew Niderhauser
Producer : Selim Bensedrine
Team : Abel Kavanagh,Jennifer Tiexiera,Jimmy Gass,Selim Bensedrine,Sensorium,Superbright,Tomorrow Knows
Developers : Igal Nassima,Nate Turley
Designers : Gabo Arora,Selim Bensedrine
Exhibition Venues : Sundance
Budget Range : $60K,90K (in-kind)
Funders AND Incubators : 1001 Media,Boomgen,Cameron Brodie,Depthkit,Eva L. Burns,Mahyad Tousi,Mohab Tarek Khattab,Rama Allen,Reza Aslan
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