Home After War
(2018) – Virtual Reality Documentary


Venice Filmfestival 2018


Regie: Gayatri Parameswaran
Kamera: Gayatri Parameswaran, Felix Gaedtke
Lead developer/UX designer: Anastasia Semenoff


Komposition/Produktion: Leonard Petersen




„Home After War“ is a room-scale, interactive virtual reality experience that takes you to Fallujah, a city that was, until recently, under Islamic State (IS) control. 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 by either walking physically or teleporting in the space as he tells you his story about returning to a home that might be booby trapped.

Witness life outside the four walls of his house through 360° videos embedded in the space.

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.