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(2016) (United Kingdom) Virtual Reality

Screening throughout at the festival in the WAMMFest VR Screening Room!

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Our 360 film ‘Born into Exile’ tells the harrowing yet hopeful story of two pregnant Syrian refugee women in the week leading up to the births of their babies. Worldwide, 500 women die daily in crisis situations due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. But that figure is just a number…unless you meet the women at risk of becoming a part of those statistics. This 360 film transports us into the life of 17 year old Victoria. A child bride at 16, Victoria is now 8 months pregnant with her first child, living in the searing heat of the Jordan Valley, uncertain of how to get the help she needs to ensure a future for her baby. Her story is intertwined with that of 29-year-old Tahany, a closet feminist. Tahany may wear the veil but, through her voice and her words, we understand how strong her belief is in the power of women to bring change. Tahany is a proud mother of 4 girls, trying to make the best life she can for her girls inside Zaatari refugee camp, with her fifth child on the way.

Directed by Charlotte Windle Mikkelborg, written by Charlotte Windle Mikkelborg

Charlotte Mikkelborg first gained recognition as a BBC foreign correspondent but has more recently become know for her work directing social impact documentary and docudrama in both conventional formats and 360 degrees. Charlotte operates under her own company umbrella, Picture This Productions, making films of global social relevance for clients including the United Nations and several of the world’s leading NGOs, helping them influence governments, key decision makers and audiences around the globe. Charlotte’s films have been broadcast by many of the world’s leading broadcasters and have garnered awards at several oscar-qualifying film festivals.

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