The documentary is a collaboration between StoryUP, IM360, Reynolds Journalism Institute and Mizzou Drone Journalism. Documentarian Sarah Hill is a National Edward R. Murrow, NAB Service to America and 12-time Mid-America Emmy award-winning storyteller dedicated to creating social purpose stories and VR features. This short VR film transports viewers to Africa and the barren wilds of Zambia. It provides a 360° perspective of the immense challenges these individuals face, and how the PET Mobility Project’s hand-powered vehicles take them from crawling on hands and knees to the newfound freedom of mobility. Gift of Mobility: Zambia is available to watch on web browsers or mobile devices via The Washington Post at this link.
“We were inspired by the accomplishments of Sarah Hill and the entire PET Mobility Project team, and are happy to help raise awareness for this oft-overlooked issue,” said Ryan Whitehead, Creative Director, IM360. “In ways not possible with conventional filmmaking, virtual reality brings to life both the stark natural beauty of Zambia and the struggle facing these mobility-impaired individuals. This is another touchstone for VR, which is impacting not only entertainment, but also the worlds of philanthropy and international education.”
Gift of Mobility: Zambia allows viewers to see the world through the eyes of just a few of the 20 million individuals worldwide who have lost their mobility due to land mines, paralysis or polio. Standard wheelchairs cannot navigate Zambia’s harsh terrain, thus forcing Zambians with limited mobility to crawl through the dirt in order to get around. The documentary chronicles the volunteer efforts of the PET Mobility Project and their innovative vehicle to improve the quality of life in poor and underdeveloped countries such as Zambia. The organization began in 1994 with the first three-wheeled, hand-cranked mobility device capable of maneuvering across rugged terrain. To date, more than 50,000 PETs have been sent to more than 100 countries worldwide.
View Gift of Mobility: Zambia on web browsers in 360° or in virtual reality on mobile devices and VR headsets at this link.
To learn more about the PET Mobility Project, visit www.giftofmobility.org.