DocLab Shorts 24 Nov at 19:45
A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
6 Billion & The Ninth Floor: Live
Night 3 in the DocLab and we were wowed once again with the pride of WebDocistan: two outstanding audio-visual show-cases which exploit the Internet medium in two very different ways.
First up was the epic and bedazzling 6 Billion Others. Over a period of four years (an eternity by web standards) a total of 5000 interviews were collected from as many countries as they could get their cams on (FYI that would be 75!) to create a sweeping collection of moments that represent human experience on a global scale.
Initiated by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand – known and loved for his earth-shattering aerial photographs, the initially destined for an exhibition to be held in Paris. Six filmmakers, armed with visual pamphlets explaining their project, gallivanted across the globe conducting semi-open interviews with as diverse a population as they could garner.
Some of the key questions would get lost in translation: the concept of Happiness does not exist as such in Masai culture for instance. And discussing Love in Japan in not the done thing. Interesting anecdotes emerged about communicating what we perceive to be universal themes across different societies.
Whittling down 4700 hours of footage, they have succeeded in created a stunning oeuvre of mind-boggling proportions, that continues to live a vibrant life online with a participatory audience of contributors and translators.
6 Billion Others was followed in sharp contrast by the grimly compelling The Ninth Floor, produced by the industry leader MediaStorm. It follows the lives of a group of young heroine addicts struggling through their desperate existences in a dilapidated New York building. Exquisitely edited pure, still photography is carried by powerful oral interviews to create a deeply intimate exploration of the torturous path into addiction – and a possible reason to get out.
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