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Even in the Rain

Venice Virtual Reality

Lindsay Branham
Novo Films (Lindsay Branham), Google Inc. (Sarah Steele), University of Cambridge (David Good)
Running Time:
USA, Central African Republic
Main Cast:
Guillaume Ngbowesse, Kevin Brice Comse, Achille Awal Ngbowesse, Dossio, Alice Ayar, Guy Alain Thoka, Kevin Ngombe
Lindsay Branham
Andrew Ellis
Lindsay Branham
Jonathan Seale
Ryan Pribyl
VR Theatre


Even in the Rain is a virtual reality memoir about Guillaume Ngbowesse, a Muslim man caught in the sectarian civil war in the Central African Republic. In Even in the Rain, Guillaume dissects his identity as a Muslim and the tense coexistence of revenge and forgiveness through selectively re-enacted moments from his life. This re-embodied exploration of the consolidation of memory creates a canvas for both a new interpretation of the past and a reimagining of the self. Even in the Rain is at the center of a social psychology study, funded by Google and the University of Cambridge, to explore the efficacy of VR to reduce prejudice towards the Muslim minority Central African Republic.

Director’s Statement

This is my third film in the Central African Republic, a country that continues to face many difficulties, but is home to extremely talented activists, filmmakers, artists, community organizers, doctors, leaders and dear friends. I am grateful to Guillaume Ngbowesse – it’s his story, and his brave, selfless choices, reenacted in Even in the Rain, that are changing negative stereotypes towards Muslims.


PRODUCTION 1: Novo Films
338 Jefferson Ave
11216 – Brooklyn, United States
Tel. +1 2023682921

PRODUCTION 2: Google Inc
1600 amphitheater parkway
94043 - Mountain View, United States
Tel. 1-650-943-3857

PRODUCTION 3: University of Cambridge
Downing Street
CB2 3EB – Cambridge, United Kingdom
Tel. 44 1223 333550

PRESS OFFICE: Lindsay Branham - Novo Films
338 Jefferson Ave
11216 – Brooklyn, United States
Tel. 12023682921

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