With the goal of hope, coexistence and peace – we will film a group of five adults and five teens/20-somethings in a giant 3-D globe that becomes a techno time-machine. We virtually experience scenes of discrimination, ethnic cleansing, forced-migration, torture and genocide. At the same time, we will be filming a set of short VR pieces allowing viewers to also enter these scenes. A companion platform will offer video games where the object is to put down weapons, dialogue for points, and eat together with enemies — fostering empathy and non-violent solutions.
If they persecuted me, they will persecute you… in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. – Jesus Christ, John 15 & 16
Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence (Christian heroes and martyrs, 1895)
And you, of tender years, Can’t know the fears that your elders grew by, And so please help them with your youth, They seek the truth before they can die. Teach your parents well, Their children’s hell will slowly go by, And feed them on your dreams The one they pick, the one you’ll know by. Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry, So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.
– written by Graham Nash. Performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
The targeting of Christians can never be justified in the name of any religion, creed or conviction. What we are witnessing is the uprooting not only of a religious minority, but of an entire civilization. The extermination of women and children for any reason whatsoever – much more so in the supposed name of religious conviction – is the elimination of the future. It must be characterized as nothing lessthan genocide.