The Sun Ladies VR is produced by Maria Bello and Celine Tricart, and directed by Christian Stephen and Celine Tricart. The film features 360° 3D video with spatial audio, and mixes live action footage captured in Iraq with animation created by Wesley Allsbrook—the artist behind the Emmy-nominated, Dear Angelica VR experience.
Following the film, audiences will have the opportunity to reflect on the experience and write a letter to the Sun Ladies which will then be translated and brought back to Iraq by directors Christian Stephen and Celine Tricart.
“The Sun Ladies VR experience is not just a film. VR is known as an empathy machine, but empathy needs to be practiced,” says Maria Bello. “The entirety of the experience—with its call to action—expands the worldwide conversation on how we each fight back against sexual violence and oppression and how we are all in it together, whether we are from Kurdistan or elsewhere.”