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notes to my father

We partnered with Oculus VR for Good and filmmaker Jayisha Patel to create the first VR documentary focusing on sex-trafficking in India.


The story

A daughter speaks to her father about his role in her trafficking & how, together, we can prevent this

Notes To My Father tells a trafficking story, in a we have never seen before.  Not only does this VR film allow you to immerse yourself in a trafficking story for the first time, but it is also the first time a story brings to focus the father’s role. 

This film shares the true story of a daughter and father, and how, working together is the only solution to prevent sex trafficking.  

Jayisha Patel VR For GoodSXSW Notes to My Father

The film was showcased at the Oculus House Event during Sundance Film Festival, January 22nd 2017, and made its World Premier at SXSW Film Festival on March 14-16! It will be rolled out in India in following months. The film will be a core collateral for the forthcoming mass media campaign from Operation Red Alert titled “Good Father”. 


If you would like to attend or organize an event to view the film, get in touch!

VR For Good

How the Project Started

Oculus initiated VR For Good to help the most promising film makers and the world’s best untold stories find each other and use the immersive medium of VR to engage the world “for good”.  VR For Good selected ten rising filmmakers and ten wonderful nonprofits to work together to tell impactful stories through VR. These teams, selected among hundreds of applicants, have the opportunity to create incredible 360 films and bring a variety of social causes to life. To help jumpstart their projects, Oculus is providing educational opportunities, funding, equipment, post production support, and one-on-one mentorship with industry veterans.  More on the VR For Good program can be found at vrforgood.oculus.com.

The Filmmaker, Jayisha Patel,  is a multi award winning filmmaker whose short films have been shown at festivals such as Berlinale, New York Film Festival and LA Film Festival amongst others. Her first documentary, A Paradise, was nominated for over 36 international prizes, including at the Oscar qualifying Palm Springs Film Festival and Chicago and promoted by the British Council as exemplary British filmmaking. She is the 2015 recipient of the Hot Docs International Film Festival’s Cross Currents Fund and Fellowship for her interactive documentary, Circle. She works as an independent filmmaker for Al Jazeera and the BBC and her works focus on daring, bold and under reported subjects in a delicate and respectful manner. Find out more about her work at www.jayishapatel.com.

Gabo Arora served as Project Mentor and Executive Producer for Notes to My Father. Gabo is the first ever Creative Director of the United Nations in addition to being a Senior Advisor and the Founder-Director of UNVR, the United Nations VR lab. He also runs Light Shed, a VR filmmaking company. 

Special thanks to Producing Partner Reel FX & others on the Creative Team!

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