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United Nations Sees World of Opportunity in Virtual RealityThis morning, VRJournal was privy to the unveiling of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign’s very first virtual reality film.

If you’re not familiar, the Nothing But Nets campaign is the world’s largest grassroots campaign to fight malaria

Titled “Under the Net,” the unique virtual reality film is premiering at the Cinequest Film and VR Festival (where it has been named Best VR Documentary).

Additionally, we’re told the production is available on Discovery VR, Discovery Communications’ Webby- and Shorty-award winning virtual reality offering (available for download on iOS and Android, Samsung Gear VR, and on Nothing But Nets YouTube using Google Cardboard).

As for the film itself, we’re told it features an 11-year-old girl named Amisa, a refugee living in the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Tanzania with her mother and six siblings.

Struggling to survive each day, with no protection from mosquitoes that carry malaria at night, the viewer will experience Amisa’s life through her eyes. Hope abounds as her family moves into a new home, receives treatment for malaria, and then she and her siblings prepare to start school – none of which would be possible without the life-saving protection of bed nets.

“The true power of this film is in sharing Amisa’s story and drawing the viewer into her world,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, director of Nothing But Nets. “Refugees like Amisa have endured the unimaginable and are extremely vulnerable to threats like malaria. We hope her story conveys just how crucial a simple bed net can be as a catalyst for her health, her education, and her ability to survive and thrive. The film also provides insights into the challenging, complex, and life-saving work of our partner, UNHCR, in protecting and caring for refugees.”

To learn more about the film and the mission behind it, click here.


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