Terre des Hommes, the Dutch child exploitation charity that picked up the Grand Prix for Good at Cannes last year, has created a harrowing virtual reality film in which the viewer is immersed in the terrifying world of a 12-year-old Kenyan girl. The story of Anani, a young servant girl who is subjected to child labor, physical and sexual abuse, can be viewed via Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard or downloaded as an app. Those who don't have a headset can also watch a 360-degree film online on Google Chrome.
The virtual experience, launched at a Dutch Liberation Day Festival in The Hague, was created by production company Revolver Amsterdam, who used a customized 3D-printed camera rig with 14 cameras to achieve a 360 degree, 3D effect, immersing the viewer in the world of Anani. The production team also captured 3D sound using five microphones.
The project is the first high profile work for the charity since Sweetie, which featured an avatar of a young girl to lure predators online, and won multiple awards including the Cannes prize.