Walking for Freedom: A Venezuelan Story

Want to join us in making a difference in an innovative and technology-central way?  We are raising funds for a project called "Walking for Freedom: A Venezuelan Story".  Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to the team and all the collaborators of the project. 

Venezuela 360 immersive experience:
The objective of this project is to bring the viewer close to the delicate moment that the Venezuelan border is currently experiencing, where thousands of migrants are crossing every day at different levels of despair. The project’s goal is to have a finished 360 short film that portrays what the Venezuelans that flee the country, and the communities that receive them, are experiencing, what are the struggles, and the overall fight to search for a better life. The project was filmed in surrounding 360 video, ambisonics spatial audio (that responds to head movement), and is intended for the viewers to immerse themselves in the key places that a Venezuelan must pass by to get to their destination, such as the Páramo de Berlin, casas de paso, how the community of venezuelan migrants stick together and live through their long journey towards a better life.


Experience justification: 360 surrounding immersive video, spatial audio and virtual reality are at the forefront of innovative technology in the audiovisual world, adding an immersion layer that appeals to wide audiences, because of its powerful immersive capabilities and an emotional connection with the viewer. "Walking for Freedom: A Venezuelan Story" will let viewers experience situations far away from their daily lives, and understand what the Venezuelan goes through right now, in a specific part of the world. The organizers behind this initiative believe that such immersive video is an opportunity to take an accurate picture of what is happening currently, will be an ideal way to sensitize the international community, and will be a key component to make the case for the needed for immediate humanitarian assistance and country rebuilding efforts.


Joint Effort: The project is a collaboration between the Global Shapers community (as part of the Shapers for Venezuela project coordinated by the Caracas Hub of the community), the Plan País organization, and Mycrom Films (a trademark of Mycrom Logistics, a film production company based in Lima, Perú).

Production Details: The group traveled to Cucuta, Colombia in May to film the 360 video footage of what is happening in that border city (the epicenter of the Venezuelan migration and current refugee crisis), at the Simón Bolívar International Bridge, and to cover the key places along the trail between Cucuta and Bucaramanga.

Core audiences: The 360 short film will be accompanied with a tool kit with a video introduction of the material, action items, a community-screening guide, checklists and talking points for private screenings, and educational guidelines for those institutions that wish to include the immersive experience in their academic curricula. As well, the 360 short film is envisioned to be presented in a variety of film festivals, distributed as part of Mycrom Films’s documentary production (working title) “Migrant: The Venezuelan Journey”, making it available for the Venezuelan diaspora to raise awareness, for audiences in receiving countries to create a human look on the Venezuelans and create conscience to help mitigate the effects of xenophobia, and reduce it in receiving countries that are overflown by them.

Intended Impact (Near Future): The current goal for the production team is to have ready the immersive experience in a first version for the One Journey Festival on June 29th, 2019 in Washington D.C. The One Journey Festival is an event that celebrates refugees, their cultures and their contributions to society around the world. One of the segments of the festival is a so-called “technology tent” where 360/Virtual reality goggles are used to present different experiences. The goal is to present A Venezuelan Story immersive experience in this festival for the first time.

Following this presentation, "Walking for Freedom: A Venezuelan Story" will be made available through the Plan País organization and their vast network of student groups around the world to present this material in different college campuses using the tool kit mentioned above and with the possibility to connect with the filmmakers and those that made possible the experience for further discussion on the topic.

The central objective is to create awareness of the severity of the Venezuelan crisis, sensibilizing the audience about the situation and to increase the urge from the international community and the Venezuelan diaspora to do more to support mitigating the crisis in the different ways they can within their capacities. Everyone can do something to ease this crisis.

The impact campaign planned to present this immersive experience will be addressed to tackle some of the unplanned consequences of this crisis. This could include: sensibilizing communities in destination cities throughout the Americas (thorugh the Global Shapers networks and other potential collaborators) to prevent xenophobia and incentivize support helping refugees become positive actors in the community; incentivizing action-items like resources support and potential volunteer opportunities in college campuses across the world; among other action items. 


Background and Collaborators: The Global Shapers community, an initiative by the World Economic Forum (WEF), is a network of young leaders under the age of 33 working together to address local, regional, and global challenges to improve the state of the world. With more than 8,000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 391 city-based hubs in 157 countries. The community incentivizes members to organize in Hubs and work in projects that would help to improve the state of the world in both their local communities and with global challenges. With the deteriorating crisis in Venezuela, the Caracas Global Shapers Hub and Venezuelan Shapers spread throughout other hubs around the world have launched the Shapers for Venezuela initiative. Which is a multi-hub project with the purpose of coordinating hubs around the world to support humanitarian assistance to Venezuelan refugees, raise awareness of the issue and help mitigate the negative consequences that this humanitarian crisis is causing in local communities across the region. 

Plan País is an NGO dedicated to educating and connecting the Venezuelan youth abroad through a platform for the exchange of ideas, talent and knowledge. Plan País organizes events that bring together Venezuelans in all parts of the world to link them with the current situation in Venezuela. Under the guidance of experts and professionals in different disciplines, the organization encourages learning through constructive debate in order to build a long-term vision for Venezuela. Through its events, the organization aspires that participants become ambassadors of Venezuelan potential: creating awareness in their communities about Venezuela and encouraging high-impact initiatives.

Mycrom Films, a trademark of Mycrom Logistics, is a film production organization based in Lima, Peru, centered in the production of social impact documentaries, as impact filmmakers, that pursue a change on behaviors, minds, structures and build communities around issues related to the human experience, through environmental, social justice, and other non-fiction productions. Mycrom Films is currently working on the one-hour TV documentary (working title) “Migrant: The Venezuelan Journey” which tackles the Venezuelan migration crisis and its effects throughout the Americas. Mycrom Film, led by Carlos Macher, has produced award-winning traditional and interactive film, television and streaming experiences through virtual and augmented reality in both live and onDemand distributions. Through the production of this experience, Mycrom Films expects to contribute to creating awareness and create an experience-based campaign that can help push for initiatives to mitigate the effects of the humanitarian crisis, provide help and assistance for the fleeing Venezuelans, and create conscience around the topic.


Venezuela 360º experiencia inmersiva: el objetivo de este proyecto es brindar al espectador una mirada en primera persona sobre los acontecimientos que ocurren en la frontera Colombia-Venezuela, donde miles de migrantes cruzan cada día en búsqueda de condiciones mínimas de calidad de vida.

La meta es tener un cortometraje en 360º que retrate las experiencias de los venezolanos que huyen del país y las comunidades que los reciben, los desafíos y la lucha general para buscar una vida mejor.

El proyecto se filmará en un video panorámico 360º con audio espacial “ambisonics” (que responde al movimiento de cabeza del publico). Esto permitirá a los espectadores sumergirse como protagonistas de la historia, asumiendo el rol de un migrante y recorriendo los lugares clave por donde debe pasar un venezolano para llegar a su destino, tales como el Páramo de Berlín, Pamplona y las casas de paso. Además, podrá ser testigo de las historias de otros miembros de la comunidad de migrantes que transitan por el mismo camino y se mantienen unidos en un largo viaje hacia una vida mejor.

Justificación de la experiencia: Los vídeos panorámicos en 360º, audio espacial y realidad virtual están a la vanguardia de la tecnología innovadora en el mundo audiovisual. Atraen a un público amplio debido a sus potentes capacidades inmersivas y una conexión emocional con el espectador.

"Walking for Freedom: A Venezuelan Story" permitirá al público experimentar situaciones muy alejadas de su vida cotidiana y comprender lo que vive un migrante venezolano en este momento, en una parte específica del mundo.

Los organizadores detrás de esta iniciativa consideran que un video tan envolvente es una oportunidad para tomar una imagen precisa de lo que sucede actualmente y sensibilizar a la comunidad internacional; siendo un componente clave para defender la urgencia de contar con asistencia humanitaria y esfuerzos de reconstrucción del país.

El objetivo central es crear conciencia de la gravedad de la crisis venezolana y aumentar el impulso de la comunidad internacional y la diáspora venezolana para apoyar la mitigación de la crisis desde sus respectivos campos de acción.

Esfuerzo conjunto: el proyecto es una colaboración entre la comunidad de los Global Shapers, (como parte del proyecto Shapers for Venezuela), la organización sin fines de lucro Plan País y Mycrom Films (sub-division de Mycrom Logistics, empresa de producción cinematográfica con sede en Lima, Perú).

Detalles de producción: El grupo viajo a Cúcuta (Colombia) en mayo para filmar el video en 360º sobre los acontecimientos en la ciudad fronteriza (epicentro de la migración venezolana y la crisis actual de refugiados), en el Puente Internacional Simón Bolívar, y cubrir los lugares clave a lo largo del camino entre Cúcuta y Bucaramanga.

Contexto y colaboradores: la comunidad Global Shapers, una iniciativa del Foro Económico Mundial (WEF), es una red de jóvenes líderes menores de 33 años que trabajan juntos para enfrentar los desafíos locales, regionales y globales del mundo. La comunidad se organiza con grupos en centros urbanos que denominados “Hubs”. Con más de 8,000 miembros a nivel mundial, la Comunidad Global Shapers abarca 391 “Hubs” en centros urbanos en 157 países. La comunidad incentiva a los miembros a organizarse en estos Hubs y trabajar en proyectos que ayuden a mejorar el estado del mundo en sus comunidades locales y con los desafíos globales.

Con el deterioro de la crisis en Venezuela, el Hub de Global Shapers Caracas y los venezolanos Shapers distribuidos alrededor del mundo lanzaron la iniciativa Shapers for Venezuela. Este es un proyecto multi--Hub con el propósito de coordinar equipos en todo el mundo para apoyar la asistencia humanitaria a los refugiados venezolanos, crear conciencia sobre el problema y ayudar a mitigar las consecuencias negativas que esta crisis humanitaria está causando en las comunidades locales de la región.

Plan País es una ONG dedicada a educar y conectar a la juventud venezolana en el extranjero a través de una plataforma para el intercambio de ideas, talento y conocimiento. Plan País organiza eventos que reúnen a los venezolanos en todas partes del mundo para vincularlos con la situación actual en Venezuela. Bajo la guía de expertos y profesionales en diferentes disciplinas, la organización fomenta el aprendizaje a través de un debate constructivo para construir una visión a largo plazo para Venezuela. A través de sus eventos, la organización aspira a que los participantes se conviertan en embajadores del potencial venezolano: creando conciencia en sus comunidades sobre Venezuela y alentando iniciativas de alto impacto.


Mycrom Films, una marca comercial de Mycrom Logistics, es una empresa cinematográfica con sede en Lima, Perú, centrada en la producción de documentales de impacto social. Como cineastas, persiguen un cambio en los comportamientos, las mentes, las estructuras y las comunidades en torno a temas relacionados con la experiencia humana, a través del medio ambiente, justicia social y otras producciones de no ficción.

Mycrom Films trabaja actualmente en el documental televisivo de una hora "Migrante: El viaje de Venezuela" (título por definir), que aborda la crisis migratoria venezolana y sus efectos en todas las Américas. Mycrom Film, liderado por Carlos Macher, ha producido films tradicionales e interactivos, televisión y experiencias a través de la realidad virtual y realidad aumentada, tanto en vivo como en distribución por demanda, los cuales han sido galardonados en múltiples oportunidades.

A través de la producción de esta experiencia, Mycrom Films espera contribuir a crear conciencia y generar una campaña basada en la experiencia que pueda ayudar a impulsar iniciativas para mitigar los efectos de la crisis humanitaria, brindar ayuda y asistencia a los venezolanos que huyen.

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