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In The Line Of Fire

An American therapist heads to Iraq and finds remarkable strategies for survival.

In November of 2016, filmmaker and journalist Aaron Ohlmann teamed up with therapist (and backup cameraman) Adam Kaplan to document the effects of ongoing war in Iraq on those displaced by the conflict. Below, read Kaplan’s written observations and dip and tilt your screen to experience Ohlmann’s 360-degree video of their journey.

The call center

I’m in a bright, clean office listening to voices I can’t understand, trying (and failing) to stifle existential panic with cup after cup of instant coffee. A team of about a dozen operators on headsets switches between Arabic and Kurdish, their cadence measured, their tone calm. Nothing betrays the catastrophe and heartbreak on the other end of the line.

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Inside ‘The Call Center’

Go behind the scenes with the 360-degree video crew who documented the United Nations’ efforts in Iraq

In November of 2016, filmmaker and journalist Aaron Ohlmann teamed up with a small crew to document the effects of ongoing war in Iraq on those displaced by the conflict. What came out of that excursion was a powerful short film created using 360-degree video, prompting the viewer to explore the occasionally terrifying and often heartbreaking scenes in intimate detail.

We asked Ohlmann what it was like to create such a technically challenging film, why he did it, and what’s next for immersive video formats like 360 and virtual reality.

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War As A Way Of Life

Some people call for help. Others take selfies

In November of 2016, photographer Al Kamalizad worked with filmmaker and journalist Aaron Ohlmann to document the effects of ongoing war in Iraq on those displaced by the conflict.

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