Jordanian Woman Using Virtual Reality to Educate People about Islam

TEHRAN (IQNA) – With the help of a virtual film about Islamic history, Jordanian filmmaker and producer Samah Safi Bayazid is fighting stereotypes about Muslims.

Samah Safi Bayazid

“We have been a producer and filmmaker for over 10 years, but we never thought we would enter the entertainment industry until we were in Disney,” Bayazid told Anadolu Agency.

Bayazid is co-owner of LightArt Media Productions and Light Art VR, a company she describes as “For an Islamic entertainment virtual reality experience”

The idea for a VR film about Islamic culture came about when she and her husband visited an amusement park. “We are having so much fun,” she said.

“Why don’t we have Muslims, is there such a fun thing?” she wondered.

“What if we could tell our story and our legacy? and Islamic history in an extremely entertaining way. We develop our software using state-of-the-art technology,” she said.

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Bayazid said her company “Achieve the goal of entertainment and continue to educate people”

An eight-language film production company has four VR films about Islamic heritage. and is producing a fifth and sixth within the next year.

The 33-year-old was in Istanbul attending a two-day conference organized by the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM), an Istanbul-based women’s advocacy group. Together with the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Services

The theme of the 5th International Women’s and Justice Summit is “Culture and Women”.

“I’m here to talk about the image of women and how women are portrayed in the media,” Bayazid said beside the summit.

“I have been working in this industry for over 12 years and live in the United States. I see that the way women, especially Muslim women, are presented in the media directly affects the way we are treated. And sometimes this causes a fear of Islam,” she added.

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tell our story

Bayazid discusses the importance of “Telling our story as a Muslim producer and filmmaker,” and said she would talk about the importance of telling the story of a Muslim character.

Bayazid, together with her husband Muhammad, founded Light Art VR five years ago. “We decided we wanted to produce entertainment for Muslim audiences around the world,” she said.

They began producing a virtual reality computer-generated company to display 8k resolution films “that take you back in time 1,400 years ago to witness the story of Islam,” she said.

The Washington-based director also addressed audience reactions. “So we have two different reactions because we have Muslim and non-Muslim audiences.”

She said Muslim audiences “scream, laugh, cry” when they watch the company’s films.

Non-Muslim viewers had similar reactions. But they were surprised to learn facts about Muslim culture that they didn’t know until they saw the movie.

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“We did our project in New York just to share our Islamic culture,” she said. ‘We don’t know all this information because it’s very informative.”

“For example They think Islam is a religion of violence. They told us that before watching our VR experience, they thought of women as second-class citizens in Islam. and they are controlled by men,” she said.

“It’s one of the reasons to educate people and to tell them about our Islamic heritage and culture. to tell our own stories and to tell our stories,” Bayazid said, “because we don’t let others tell our stories the way they want. It is our job to tell you the right way.”

Source: Anadolu Agency


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