Crossings is a VR/AR experience of African Migrants on the route north though the jungles and desert to Europe. The experience will enable decision makers and voters to confront the humanity of this journey by putting them in the traveler’s shoes and by placing real migrants into the home and office of the viewers.
The journey from Africa to Europe is the most dangerous migrant undertaking in the world. “It is kind of like hell, actually” says Musa a young football player from Gambia. Like him, thousands of young Africans leave home in search of an economic or social heaven in Europe. Family, money, abuse, and health cast much of Africa's youth onto this terrible route north, leaving thousands dead each year. Crossings will be a mixed reality documentary that takes the viewer, through the eyes of three young people, on the most dangerous journey in the world.
From sub-Saharan Africa to Libya and across the Mediterranean Sea, Musa a 17 year old boy from Gambia, Adesuwa a 19 year old girl from Nigeria, and Ahmed a 4 year old boy from Guinea guide us on their passage to Europe. Crossings explores the humanity of the journey by diving head first into the personal challenges many migrants face when deciding to leave home. Using traditional film, Virtual Reality storytelling, and Augmented reality the film will take an honest look at life in subsaharan Africa, give the viewer first hand experience on the route through Libya and across the Mediterranean then strip everything away and bring Musa, Adesuwa, and Ahmed into the viewer’s home for a short conversation. The result will be a physical and emotional journey for the viewer that parallels the experiences of actual African migrants.