Blackbox is an emotional rollercoaster ride through the childhood memories of Sami, a Syrian boy, who shares personal stories of happiness and joy intertwined with unspeakable moments of sadness and remorse.

TRT World has launched Blackbox, its first Virtual Reality experience, based on the brutality of the ongoing Syrian civil war. TRT World, one of very few news organisations to successfully execute a project on this platform, offers its audience an experience that immerses them in the real-world story of a war-torn country, and raise awareness of a tragedy that continues to this day.

Blackbox is an emotional rollercoaster ride through the childhood memories of Sami, a Syrian boy, who shares personal stories of happiness and joy intertwined with unspeakable moments of sadness and remorse.

Furkan Akyurek, Project Manager for Blackbox, said, "The Syrian civil war continues to impact the lives of millions of people and we wanted to tell the story of refugee children. We wanted to take the story of one refugee child and tell it in a powerful and immersive way on VR.”

The setting is the ruins of Sami’s home, where you, the observer, interact with him and help uncover his hidden memories of playing with friends in his grandmother’s neighbourhood. It’s a story of hope for the 2.6 million children like Sami who have been displaced as a result of the 7-year-long war.

 

Blackbox also shines light on the dark memories that kids like Sami will carry forward as they look to resettle and rebuild their lives. Sami’s story ends with successful passage and entry into a refugee camp where he will begin the next chapter of his life.

Directed and produced by the TRT World R&D Labs team, the Blackbox narrative is the result of extensive research and interviews with social aid workers, psychologists, journalists and refugees themselves.

The initiative was completed in just one month and feedback from early users about the story and graphic quality has been mainly positive. Most found the story too short and wanted to see more. TRT World R&D Labs has plans to bring higher quality products to this platform.

Blackbox is available on Steam and Oculus.

Viewing instructions: For the best experience, stand near the center of an area free from obstruction, grab a pair of headphones and controllers, and dive into the story.

About TRT World

TRT World, Turkey’s first English broadcasting international news platform is launched in 2015 and headquartered in Istanbul, with four newsrooms and an extensive global bureau network covering major regions and hot spots. Strategically designed to maximize its global reach, it is broadly available in all major English-speaking territories and can be accessed via traditional media, including free-to-air, cable and satellite, and other digital platforms, including mobiles, desktops and social media. A distinctive voice to the global news landscape, this is TRT World.

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