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Walking for Freedom: A Venezuelan Story

Walking for Freedom: A Venezuelan Story is an immersive 360 VR documentary created with the idea that some journeys need to be experienced to be understood. The project was written and directed by MFA student Carlos Maher with another student, Amelia Thomson, serving as a cinematographer. The students travelled to the border of Venezuela with Colombia.

The Virtual Reality format puts you in the shoes of the Venezuelan refugees forced to flee their country on foot, where you can follow their journey across the Simón Bolívar International Bridge that links Venezuela and Colombia, past the illegal passing known as “la trocha,” and through to their final destinations, wherever they may be.

The project falls within social impact category, as it is being used by Inter-American Development Bank to increase decision makers awareness of the tragic situation on the Colombia-Venezuela. The project is lead by an MFA student, Carlos Maher and involves entirely student-led crew across many disciplines and schools.

The film screened for select audiences on June 29, 2019 at the One Journey Festival in Washington, DC.