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Pilot ended 15th July 2020
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Explore 360° scenes from inside the extraordinary Venezuelan shopping centre that became the country’s most notorious political prison.
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The Inside Story

We spoke to Senior Innovation Producer, Charlie Newland, to find out more...

'Inside El Helicoide' is an interactive documentary which tells the story of one the most extraordinary buildings in Latin America, told through the eyes of those unfortunate enough to have lived and worked there.

El Helicoide was supposed to be an iconic shopping mall, but its now one of Venezuela's most notorious political prisons, and home to the country's feared secret police.

the BBC has been able to bring to life scenes from within the jail using vivid 3D illustrations, based on accounts from former detainees and extremely rare interviews with former security officers.

Each chapter gives you a 360-degree scene to explore, by clicking, swiping or using your phones gyroscope to open up a window into the jail. It's a combination of a long-read, a documentary film and a point-and-click adventure.

'Inside El Helicoide' puts you at the heart of a gripping story, which is the result of a months-long investigation into alleged human rights abuses at the jail by BBC reporter Karenina Velandia.

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