2020
Immersive

They Call Me Asylum Seeker

THEY CALL ME ASYLUM SEEKER is part of QUEER IN A TIME OF FORCED MIGRATION, an award-winning, multi-platform project that follows the stories of LGBTQ refugees across continents and cultures—from the 2011 Revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa region to the world today.

THEY CALL ME ASYLUM SEEKER is part of QUEER IN A TIME OF FORCED MIGRATION, an award-winning, multi-platform project that follows the stories of LGBTQ refugees across continents and cultures—from the 2011 Revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa region to the world today.

How do you choose between the place and the people you love?

Narrated by Sudanese artist Ahmed Umar and with illustrations by Mohammed Abd El-Hadi of Jordan, THEY CALL ME ASYLUM SEEKER is a web-based interactive experience that follows four LGBTQ people from the Egyptian Revolution in 2011 to the migrant and refugee “crisis” in Europe today.

Weaving together an audio documentary with stylized animations, interactive features allow audiences to explore chapters of the story at their own pace.

THEY CALL ME ASYLUM SEEKER is part of QUEER IN A TIME OF FORCED MIGRATION, an award-winning, multi-platform project that follows the stories of LGBTQ refugees across continents and cultures—from the 2011 Revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa region to the world today.

Combining intimate, first-person audio accounts with visceral animation in a film (HALF A LIFE), VR experience (ANOTHER DREAM), and web interactive (THEY CALL ME ASYLUM SEEKER), it shares the experiences of queer people of color from Egypt, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia firsthand.

QUEER IN A TIME OF FORCED MIGRATION was recently on exhibit at the Amsterdam Museum and is available to tour to museums, galleries, and educational institutions worldwide.

How do you choose between the place and the people you love?

Web Interactive

Audiences can choose how to experience and navigate through They Call Me Asylum Seeker. They can experience through sight and sound, either on the web (using a computer and browser) or as an extended 3D audio piece. They can explore the web experience using a trackpad or mouse, either by scrolling or by clicking and dragging. They are presented with each chapter of the story and can choose to listen to each one at their own pace, or to go through the full experience all at once. Within each chapter, they can also choose to pause or go back to certain parts of the stories.

THEY CALL ME ASYLUM SEEKER is part of QUEER IN A TIME OF FORCED MIGRATION, an award-winning, multi-platform project that follows the stories of LGBTQ refugees across continents and cultures—from the 2011 Revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa region to the world today. Combining intimate, first-person audio accounts with visceral animation in a film (HALF A LIFE), VR experience (ANOTHER DREAM), and web interactive (THEY CALL ME ASYLUM SEEKER), it shares the experiences of queer people of color from Egypt, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia first-hand. QUEER IN A TIME OF FORCED MIGRATION was recently on exhibit at the Amsterdam Museum and is available to tour to museums, galleries, and educational institutions worldwide.

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2020
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Credits

Directed, Produced, & Written by Tamara Shogaolu

Lauren Dubowski – Producer

Sarah Barrett – Audio Story Editor

Mohammed Abd El-Hadi – Illustrator

Ahmed Umar – Narrator