The Guardian launches Sea Prayer, a new virtual reality experience




The Guardian is pleased to announce the launch of Sea Prayer, the publication’s latest virtual reality (VR) project, written by Khaled Hosseini and narrated by BAFTA Award winning actor Adeel Akhtar.

To commemorate the second anniversary of the tragic death of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy who drowned whilst attempting to reach Greece in 2015, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and acclaimed author Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner; A Thousand Splendid Suns; And the Mountains Echoed) has written Sea Prayer, an imagined letter in the form of a monologue, from a Syrian father to his son lying asleep on his lap, on the eve of making the sea crossing to Europe to seek refuge and safety.

Sea Prayer is the first narrative animated virtual reality film created using Tilt Brush, a tool for painting in a 3D space with virtual reality. Using this tool, the Guardian’s in-house VR team, in collaboration with acclaimed VR artist Liz Edwards and post production studio SoWhen?, have brought Hosseini’s sensitive imagining of this letter to life.


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