The film is an experimental VR documentary about Rani, the girl child from a family relegated to washing clothes because of caste in Varanasi determined to get an education.
“I want girls to look at me and think they can achieve anything they want," says 17-year-old Rani, from Varanasi, India.
Her family has been destined to wash clothing by the caste culture of their society. But growing up in a community that believes girls should stay at home, do chores, and get married, doesn't stop her. Rani is determined to finish school and go to college. As we follow Rani, she gives us an intimate glimpse of her hopes, frustrations, and dreams.
This project is part of the Oculus's VR for Good. Creators Lab program in partnership with Malala Fund and Milaan Foundation. Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab is an initiative designed to support content creators, impact innovators and inspire partners who see virtual reality as a way to make the world a better place.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this film!
Created by Espii Studios & little GIANT Wolf
Director: Sadah Espii Proctor / Espii Studios
Producer: Skye Von / little GIANT Wolf
Executive Producer: Amy Seidenwurm / Oculus
Producer: Lauren Burmaster / Oculus
Producer: Paula Cuneo / Oculus
360 Production Sound Recordist: Laura Cunningham
Director of Photography: Sadah Espii Proctor
India Production Coordinator: Taposh Roy / Milaan Foundation
Production/Camera Assistant: Natalie Au
Production Assistant: Rahul Verma
Post Supervisor: Skye Von / little GIANT Wolf
Editor: Jhernie Evangelista / Temme Media
Editor: Lucia Galindo Martinez
Assistant Editor : Jeremy Gross
Quill Animator: Micah Milner / Art 404
360 Spatial Audio Mix: Maria Claudia Mora
Audio Mix: Tovi Rodríguez / BtOVEN MUSIC
Music: Arian Saleh
Score: Susmita Chakraborty & Sandip Bhattacharjee
Voice Over Actor: Kuhoo Verma
Post Production: Flight School
Executive Producer: Taylor Williams
Producer: Julia Gibson
Lead Stitching Artist: Matt Stocks
Stitching Artists: Syngman Pyun, Ryan Hartsell
VFX Artist Laychin Lee, Mike Roy
Colorist: Laychin Lee
Stereo Graphics: Ryan Hartsell
Audio QC: Frank Pittenger
Shot with Insta360 Pro and LucidCam cameras
Production support: Radiant Images
Oculus partners in VR For Good: Radiant Images, Flight School, Insta360
We would like to thank:
Shubhra Prakash, Bhumika Regmi, Hannah Orenstein, Sunita Sharma, Eli Rai, Alyssa Newlon, Sybil Steele, Pulkit Datta, Nonita Verma, Richa Rudola, Simon Taufique, Subhi, Estella Cisco-Dalrymple, Robert Dalrymple, Keith Proctor, Ingrid Knight, Joyous Pierce, Hardware Hack Lab, J. Dakota Powell, Safi Thomas, Yvonne Chow, Maria Fraguas Jover, April Yvette Thompson, Ron Simons, Stacey Matthew, Kari Margolis, Tony Brown, Bob Leonard, Ann Kilkelly, Bob McGrath, Wi-Moto Nyoka, Michaela Holland, Helen Situ, Jenn Duong, Vernon Jordan III, Scott Kleinberger, Nate Hamlin, Stina Hamlin.
Photos © Skye Von