Take part in an immersive technology experience by viewing the short film Clouds Over Sidra using Samsung Gear VR. We invite you to engage in dialogue about the global refugee crisis and take concrete actions to make a difference. Each session is for 30 min so make sure to sign up for your half hour slot between 2-4pm or 6:30-8pm.
Clouds Over Sidra, by United Nations Creative Director Gabo Arora, tells the story of life inside a refugee camp in Jordan through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl named Sidra, placing viewers within the centre of the camp through a 360-degree experience.
Culture Division is proud to present The Sidra Project, a unique collaboration between the United Nations and Artscape that is designed to sustain interest and support for refugees to ensure their successful resettlement in Canada. We believe it is an important time to foster empathy and understanding for the experience of some of our newest residents.
We would like to extend thanks to the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM), our community partner in this endeavor, for helping to support this project.
The Sidra Project is inspired by the World Economic Forum and is made possible through the generous support of 25 organizations, including dedicated Founding Partners Inspirit Foundation and RBC Royal Bank. We are honoured to be under the distinguished patronage of the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Challenges for refugee newcomers do not end when they leave the dangers of their home country. Successfully resettling and leading a full, productive life in a new country takes ongoing effort and support. Canadians can become involved by assisting with resettlement efforts in a variety of ways, from sharing their experience to volunteering with supportive organizations, or providing housing to creating employment opportunities, or by sponsoring a family to making a donation. To build empathy and engage communities across Canada, it is important for people to understand the lived experiences of refugees. While individuals can make a difference, we are stronger together.