A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
An interactive map of the more than 4,000-mile-long Iron Curtain, illustrating the changes since the Berlin Wall came down.
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, two photographers, two journalists, a director, and a cartoonist traveled along the more than 4,000-mile-long Iron Curtain that split Eastern and Western Europe from the end of the Second World War until 1989.
Their documentary uses a mix of video, photographs, sound recordings, and drawings to portray life two decades after the wall came down. Clicking on virtual locations along an interactive Iron Curtain brings up interviews and stories recorded at the locations.
A journalist in Murmansk describes how his life changed after the collapse of the Iron Curtain, and we see the city’s young generation at a dance school. In Lithuania, someone speaks about the tensions between Russians and the original Lithuanian population. On the outskirts of Rizo, a small town in the Czech Republic, there is still barbed wire: a threatening but impotent reminder of the Iron Curtain.
The Iron Curtain Diaries is part of Prospekt, a platform that uses various media to bring the world and history closer together, in a new and original way. The Prospekt website features accounts from all over the world, including The Iron Curtain Diaries.
IDFA DocLab is the New Media program of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Since 2007, the program showcases new forms of documentary storytelling and interactive media art, both online and offline. During the IDFA Festival in November, DocLab presents a competition program for Digital Documentary Storytelling, live cinema events, interactive installations, workshops and industry panels. The program is open to all media that can be used to tell a documentary story.