Home After War

Home After War is an interactive VR experience that takes you to Fallujah, a city that was under Islamic State control until recently. The war has ended, but the city is still unsafe. Booby trapped homes and IEDs in the neighbourhoods are looming fears for returning refugees. Ahmaied Hamad Khalaf and his family returned home after the fighting subsided to find that their home was no longer the same. In Home After War, Ahmaied shares his story and invites you into his home to experience for yourself what it's like to fear the home you once loved. This project is part of the Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab program in partnership with Geneva Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD).

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Gayatri Parameswaran



Director: Gayatri Parameswaran
Executive Producer: Amy Seidenwurm
Producer: Felix Gaedtke, Sandra Bialystok, Paula Cuneo, Lauren Burmaster
Screenwriter: Gayatri Parameswaran
Cinematographer: Felix Gaedtke, Gayatri Parameswaran
Editor: Gayatri Parameswaran
Sound Designer: Studio am Fluss, Jana Irmert, Nils Vogel-Bartling
Music: Leonard Petersen
Principal Cast: Ahmaied Hamad Khalaf (as himself)
Additional Credits: Creative Producer: Felix Gaedtke, 360∞ Post Production:: Flight School , Local Producer & Translator (Iraq): Suadad Al Salhy, Photogrammetry Scans: Felix Gaedtke, Sound Recordist: Ali Adnan, Production Manager: Felix Gaedtke , Lead Developer & UX Designer: Anastasia Semenoff , VFX Designer: Anastasia Semenoff , Photogrammetry Studio: Realities.io, David Finsterwalder, Daniel Sproll, Valerio Rizzo, Marcel Poppe, Shahriar Shahrabi, Production Assistant : Mia von Kolpakow, Felix Franz, Michael Kappler, Maya Röttger


Publicity Contact
Eliza Kern
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Genre: Documentary, Experimental
Screening in: Virtual Cinema Program
Screening Section: Virtual Cinema Competition
Screening Category: Virtual Reality
Country: Germany, Iraq, Switzerland, United States
Language: English
Runtime: 16:28 mins