Directors: Gayatri Parameswaran | Creative Producer/ Co-creator: Felix Gaedtke
Producers: Sandra Bialystok, Amy Seidenwurm, Paula Cuneo, Laren Burmaster

2018 | 20-25 min | Germany, Iraq
Languages: Arabic with English VO
Subtitles: English

What if your home becomes the place you fear? An Iraqi father returns to Fallujah to face the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Join him in his home and discover the unfolding of a tragic event.

“Home After War” is a room-scale, interactive virtual reality experience that takes you to Fallujah, a city that was under Islamic State (IS) control. until recently The war against IS has ended but the city is still unsafe. There’s one looming fear for returning refugees – booby trapped homes and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the neighbourhoods. Since the end of the war, thousands of civilians have died or been injured by IEDs.

Ahmaied Hamad Khalaf and his family returned home after the fighting subsided. In the experience, you find yourself in Ahmaied’s home, which still shows signs of the damage from the war. Explore Ahmaied’s home as he tells you his story about returning to a home that might be booby trapped. Hear Ahmaied speak of his loss and his hopes for his family, country and the world. Learn about what it’s like to fear the home you once loved.

Best VR Experience, SIMA 2019
Best Sound Experience, Virtual Reality/360 Category, SIMA 2019
Creative Advocacy Jury Prize, SIMA 2019