In December 2015 a small crew from Idea Studio travelled to an extremely remote area of Africa to create UNICEF's first commissioned 360-degree film. With technical support from our friends at Combo Bravo, five of us set out on a career-changing experience together. Our brief was simple: We were to capture a story that reflected the harsh daily realities facing the children of Uganda’s Karamoja region; A story of water and education.
Karamoja Rising is a 360-degree documentary film with two chapters; Sylvia's Story, and Lochap's Story. Sylvia's dream for her future is shadowed by daily concerns for her safety. Meanwhile, Lochap's village has just received a new water pump but they have nothing to eat. This is a story of the strength and hope of two Ugandan children, representing the millions whose situation is just as dire, or worse.
The film was screened at the United Nations in New York in March 2016 to rave reviews. Karamoja Rising has since been released through the UNICEF 360° app and is now being utilized globally as a new way to drive donations, putting donors closer to the needs of children in crisis than ever before.