Contrast VR

I Am Rohingya

A Cinematic VR Experience
A film by Contrast VR and AJ+

filmed on Location in Kutupalong Refugee Camp
in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Jamalida loves to dance. She sometimes gets the chance at a wedding or a local celebration, even though she lives in a refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Experience Jamalida’s life inside the camp and watch an account of how she fled the violence in Myanmar in immersive animation.

Jamalida is one of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya muslims who are not considered citizens of their home country, Myanmar, and are not wanted by their host country.

“I want to talk to you,” she says. “I hope you can tell others about my story.”

In this immersive VR film by Contrast VR and AJ+, ride with Jamalida around the crowded camp, accompany her inside her tiny home, sit down in the narrow streets with her sons as they play and feel what’s it like to be a refugee stranded in a foreign land.

Director and Producer

Zahra Rasool - is the Editorial Lead for Contrast VR Al Jazeera’s new immersive media studio where she focuses on the production of compelling 360-degree video, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) content.


Aela Callan - is an award winning filmmaker and journalist who's passionate about reaching new audiences with immersive technology. As one of the first foreign journalists living in Myanmar after it's opening to the outside world in 2012, Aela is one of the most accomplished and well respected voices reporting about the Rohingya's and Myanmar politics.

Post production

Maria Lauret - Is a storyteller, and everything that it entails. An editor, camera woman, creative thinker and responsible to create immersive virtual reality documentaries and social 360° videos.


Tasneem Amiruddin - is an illustrator from Mumbai who has recently ventured into 2D animation. She is inspired by gorgeous pink sunsets, mischievous children, magic, dark nights and bright stars and other such whimsies. She usually enjoys bright colours and art films while snacking on excess chocolate.


Vicki Hansen - has over 20 years experience in composing music for Film, TV, Theatre, Circus and Dance. To date she has composed ​a wide range of ​​styles for ​over 500 documentaries​, ​feature-length dramas, short films, advertisements and more for major international television networks,​ production houses and film studios​.

Contrast VR is a project from the Al Jazeera Canvas team
Find out more by visiting the Canvas website