VR production company Vrse.works has once again partnered with the United Nations on ‘My Mothers Wing’, a 360 film designed to portray the resilience of he human spirit in the face of Israeli / Palestinian violence in Gaza.

Whilst the debate as to whether spherical 360 movies qualify for the status of VR, there’s no doubt that the best examples of immersive film-making are powerful and evocative platforms.

The United Nations certainly seem to believe this, as it’s announced its third 360 film ‘My Mother’s Wing’. Created by UN Advisor Gabo Arora, Vrse.works creative, Ari Palitz, and creative director and executive producer, Chris Milk, it was produced by Samantha Storr and Patrick Milling Smith. The VR short was commissioned as part of the UN’s advocacy at the World Economic Forum in Davos to state and business leaders, offering a unique perspective into the challenges and heartbreak of living on the Gaza strip.

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“At the UN, we consistently strive to bring citizens’ perspectives into the decision making process anyway possible” said Gabo Arora, Senior advisor at the UN. “By leveraging breakthrough technologies, such as virtual reality, we can create solidarity with those who are normally excluded and overlooked, amplifying their voices and explaining their situations.”

The film focusses on the life of a single Palestinian family, the mother of which lost two young sons in a school shelled during the devastating 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. Despite this tragic loss, the film highlights how the mother “channels her response to pain with resilience and tenderness.”

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“We are very proud to be releasing ‘My Mother’s Wing’, our third VR experience made in collaboration with the UN”, says Vrse.works co-founder, Patrick Milling Smith. “On the surface, My Mother’s Wing is about a woman coping with the loss of her two children after an Israeli air strike bombed a UN school. She attends support groups, spends more time with her remaining children, and frets over their psychological fragility. Beneath the surface, however, it is about identifying the factors that contribute to cycles of violence, and how to disrupt them. The mission of our VR series with the UN is to create awareness and empathy for these situations and events. The films have been seen in over 40 countries and translated into 15 languages and has helped raise billions in direct support and funding. Shooting this film in Gaza feels like a watershed moment in VR. Giving people access to one of the most cut off, polarizing and politized places in the world is important. Our hope is that this film can also be about healing and hope. A mother’s story is universal.”

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The film is available for viewing via the Vrse.works app, which is available on Apple iTunes, Google Play store and Oculus Gear VR store.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded RiftVR.com to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.

    It disapoints me to see that anti-Israeli bullshit propoganda has permeated even THIS website.

  • Christiaan

    The UN is aan antisemitic cesspool. Other nations are truly evil and totally abuse their people, and yet the UN focuses half of their effort against the very decent Israel that would cease to exist if they did not appear strong.

  • Bob George

    So acknowledging Palestinian suffering in the conflict is anti-Semitic?! Thanks Road to VR for sharing this story.


      No. But printing statements about Israel bombing a school, without mentioning the FACT that terrorists were using that school to launch missiles aimed at Israeli citizens, is. Not to mention Palestinian militants using those school children as human shields. Yes, thanks for sharing a biased report on a very complex story.

    • Michael

      RoadToVR is a full blown propaganda website at this rate. All they do is post anti-truth everything.

  • EveryPersonWhoReadThisArticle

    Why in the fuck would I want a VR experience of your political opinions?