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Published: 2017-09-29 11:29

Last Updated: 2017-09-29 12:50


Over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled ethnic cleansing in Myanmar in recent weeks. (Photo Courtesy: Al Jazeera)
Over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled ethnic cleansing in Myanmar in recent weeks. (Photo Courtesy: Al Jazeera)
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The Rohngya crisis seemed to be at its peak with the escalating tensions over the past four months. Nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims have escaped ethnic cleansing from Myanmar's military forces, settling in makeshift settlements and encampments in and around the border town of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.

Contrast VR, Al Jazeera's virtual reality team, just released by 'I Am Rohingya'. The documentary is a heartbreaking experience detailing the story of a young woman - Jamalida, escaping persecution in Myanmar and struggling during her daily life at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. 

"Hearing about it or seeing pictures of it was not enough. It just felt it was the right fit for the medium of virtual reality, to be able to take the viewers out into the refugee camp, to be able to take them to these people and give them a glimpse of what their challenges are," said Zahra Rasool, acting as the editorial lead for Contrast VR. 

 

I Am Rohingya from Contrast VR on Vimeo.

 

"I Am Rohingya" will premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) on 5-6 October, then showcase at the Rio International Film Festival on 5-15 October.