Our recent work

At The Humanitarian Cooperative we have done a lot of work in recent years in Virtual Reality, believing that with the right distribution, VR lends much nuance and clout to humanitarian story telling.

We also remain firm believers in the power of 16:9 filmmaking and where possible, combining the two - or as we did with our Tiny Planet VR trailers, adding a third!

UN 75

2020 was the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and to mark the occasion the UN Secretary General sent out an invitation to the world for people to share their hopes and fears for the future and to make suggestions on how to realise a sustainable future for all. More than 1.5 million people replied, once all the data had been collected they asked us to to visualise it. Here's what we came up with!

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Much Too Young

Around the world, 1 in 5 girls were married while still a child. This is the trailer for a series of films about UNICEF and UNFPA's brilliant programme to end child marriage.

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Mongolia's Air Pollution Crisis

Mongolia is one of the coldest places on earth - and because coal is the primary source of heat, fuel for cooking and the country's growing industrial base - it's also one of the most polluted. Children are the most at risk.

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UNICEF's Signature Education Film

UNICEF approached us in May 2019 and asked us to prepare a brief for a film that would showcase the incredible Education work they do around the world for children of different backgrounds and in wildly different circumstances. They wanted it shot around the world and in different formats. This is what we came up with ...

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Where Children Learn Mongolia (A 360 Film)

In Mongolia many people still live a nomadic life always on the move in search of new pasture for their animals, making it hard for kids to get into - and stay - in school. So UNICEF came up with this smart solution.

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Where Children Learn - Mongolia 16:9

In addition to the 360 VR film of the same title, we also shot the story in a regular 16:9 format for mass distribution.

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Filming Omar

Go behind the scenes of our VR film Life in the Time of Refuge.

Omar is a 10 year old Syrian refugee who after three years in Lebanon was resettled to Finland in 2015. This charming story of a family saved and a little boy stricken by a debilitating medical condition given a new chance on life shows that resettling refugees DOES work.

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A Story of Love

A short film introducing the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross

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Life in the Time of Refuge - A VR Film

Omar is a 9 year old Syrian refugee boy who suffers a debilitating hormone deficiency. Untreated for the three years that he lived as a refugee in Lebanon, last year Omar was resettled to Finland. Join his friend and fellow refugee Warda Aljawahiry as she journeys to Finland to see how he is faring in his new home.

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Emergency Lessons Nepal

In April 2016, we were approached by PR heavyweights Weber Shandwick - on behalf of their clients UNICEF and The European Union - to create a 7 part series of short films to be filmed in crisis spots around the world. 

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The Quest

The Quest is the first of a four part series of films that tells the story of the ‘making-of’ our first Virtual Reality film. 

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Saving Lives in South Sudan

South Sudan is the world’s newest country - and one of its most forgotten conflicts. Although a shaky peace now holds and the warring factions have set their weapons aside, the scale of humanitarian suffering in that country defies belief. 

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Sexual Violence in Conflict

An animation to play in cinemas throughout Europe that would raise awareness about the terrifying epidemic of sexual violence in conflict. 

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