The late film critic Roger Ebert considered movies to be like a machine that creates empathy. Filmmaker Chris Milk took this concept a step further when he brought his VR empathy machine to Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan to film Clouds over Sidra. He hopes this will help us step into the moccasins of these vulnerable people and understand about the struggles of their daily lives and of their humanity. He has already taken his film to UN dignitaries and it did seem to change their perceptions of people like Sidra. Will it work for the rest of us?
Might our empathy gap be caused by the fact that communicating empathy requires more bandwidth than communicating the primitive emotions of fear, anger and despair?
"My name is Sidra. I am 12 years old... I have lived here in the Zaatari camp in Jordan for the last year and a half..."