Recommended Ages 14+

VR Experience: Sorella's Story

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts

Sat 4 - Sun 12 May
VR Experience: Sorella's Story

VR Experience: Sorella's Story

Sorella’s Story transforms the story behind a single smuggled 1941 photograph, buried by history, into an unforgettable 15-minute immersive experience. Inside a VR headset, the viewer is transported to a 360° snowy landscape with 10-year-old girl Sorella Epstein.  

Tragically, Sorella and almost 4,000 Latvian Jewish women and children withstood in freezing temperatures prior to a mass execution on a beach in Liepaja, Latvia during the Holocaust. Sorella’s Story is a visceral reminder and warning of how prejudice can escalate to devastating tragedy. This impactful story invites the viewer to accompany Sorella and some of the women as they embark on their last journey, so that we never forget. 

Want to delve deeper into Sorella’s journey? See the accompanying documentary screening alongside your VR experience.

Please note, school bookings to Sorella's Story are open Mon 6 and Tue 7 May. 

Sat 4-Sun 5 May: 11.30am, 12pm, 1pm, 2.30pm & 3pm
Thu 9-Sun 12 May: 11.30am, 12pm, 1pm, 2.30pm & 3pm

Documentary screening daily, 1pm. See booking link for further session details. 

Sat 4 - Sun 12 May
Studio 1 – HOTA Central
Recommended Ages 14+
20 mins
VR Experience + Documentary Film $25
VR Experience $15
Documentary $10

#Director's Biography

Peter Hedgedus

Peter Hegedus’ filmmaking career spans over 25 years. He has been making films since the age of 17 exploring human stories that shed light on identity, place and belonging. His work is characterized by a commitment to social justice be they documentary or drama.  

Peter’s work has been shown at major Film Festivals around the world including one of his documentaries Inheritance A Fisherman’s Story being shortlisted for the Academy Awards and his latest 360 immersive story Sorella’s Story having been selected for competition at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival. His critically acclaimed films have also won numerous awards and been broadcast in many countries.  

Peter is also the Deputy Director for Research and Engagement at the Griffith Film School which is the biggest film school of its kind in Australia. Peter continues to participate in panel discussions and forums around the world, concerting international financing, documentary ethics and directing. He has also been active in the non-governmental sector supporting key social justice organisations around Australia and Europe.  

Links to Curriculum:

History 10

  • Knowledge and understanding: The significant events and turning points of the Second World War, the commemoration of the Second World War, including different historical interpretations and debates.
  • Historical Perspectives and Interpretations: Compare perspectives in sources and explain how these are influenced by significant events, ideas, locations, beliefs and values. 
  • Communicating: create descriptions, explanations and historical arguments, using historical knowledge, concepts and terms that incorporate and acknowledge evidence from sources.

The Arts: Media Arts 10

  • Exploring and Responding: investigate the ways that media artists use media arts concepts to construct representations in media arts works and practices across cultures, times, places and/or other contexts 
  • Developing Practices and Skills: experiment with ways to construct representations that reflect ideas, perspectives and/or meaning, and/or use of media conventions, media languages and media technologies 

Film Televison and New Media 11-12 Unit 1: Foundation, Unit 2: Story Forms, Unit 3: Participation, Unit 4: Identity. 

Media Arts in Practise 11-12 Core topic 2: Media communications, Core topic 3: Media in society.

General Capabilities: Digital Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding, Personal and Social Capability. 

#School Bookings

School bookings to Sorella's Story are open on Mon 6 and Tue 7 May.

Please complete the below form to inquire, and our team will be in contact to discuss a unique itinerary for your students, including the
VR experience, Documentary screening and talk from the film’s creator Peter Hededus.

School Bookings

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