DEPROGRAMMED now has a WebVR experience to complement the documentary feature! And it won the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling in 2016! http://www.doclab.org/2016/deprogrammed/
DEPROGRAMMED VR takes the user on a virtual walk through the mental landscape of cult indoctrination and deprogramming. Step by step, you progress further into an environment that contextualizes the experiences and recollections of a former member of the Unification Church, a skinhead and a jihadist. They are your guides as they explain in their own words how brainwashing and group pressure made them adopt extremist ideologies. Virtual experiences usually invite spatial exploration, but the interaction offered in Deprogrammed VR reflects the narrow path the victims were forced to walk. The aim of this meditative and somehow immobilizing journey is to convey a human perspective on the victims’ experiences. How did they fall victim to indoctrination as adolescents, and how did they find their way back?