The United Nations’ new virtual reality documentary, My Mother’s Wing, tells the heartbreaking true story of a mother who lost two of her young sons during an Israeli-Gaza airstrike in 2014. The film is available to view on the Vrse app as well as in a browser (as found below).
“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,” says Vrse.works co-founder, Patrick Milling Smith. “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. 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.”