IVOH: Meet Dan Archer, 2016 Restorative Narrative fellow and a pioneer of Virtual Reality journalism

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Muñoz: Tell us about your story and where you’re at in your reporting process.

Archer: The project is comprised of three immersive experiences from all three sides of the Colombian conflict (civilians, ex-FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrillas and paramilitaries), as former enemies share their true stories of why they enlisted, their involvement in the conflict and their subsequent demobilization. The virtual reality experience begins in a classroom at the school of San Lorenzo, on the outskirts of Medellin, which is where the restorative justice sessions –where the stories were originally shared- are held. Mary, a civilian, is a former schoolteacher who was terrorized and witnessed a massacre at her school; Mariano, a former guerilla, talks about how the FARC at first felt like a second family to him, but eventually lost track of its founding principles; and Carlos, a former paramilitary for the United Self-Defense Forces (AUC), whose involvement in the program and attempted reintegration into the community has actually put his life on the line.

Read the full interview here.


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