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My Tribe Is My Life

An interactive documentary that plunges you into the worlds of 8 music fans and shows how the Internet has helped them forge their identities and relationships within various music subcultures.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, My Tribe Is My Life is an interactive documentary that examines the impact of the Internet on interpersonal relationships and the construction of identity, through the eyes of eight young music fans.

Each of them is marginalized in their own way – either because of their musical tastes, their fashion choices or the regions where they live. Twenty years ago they would have felt completely isolated and alienated from their peers. Today, they can connect any time with people they relate to – communicating with them, learning from them, and sharing their passions on the subjects that touch them most deeply.

Instead of relying on the words of expers and presenting typical stories dealing with life online, this web documentary offers first-hand observations of the lives of people who use virtual networks, and directly questions internet users.

Does life online take place in its own world, or is the online world an extension of real life?

Does the internet erase cultural differences, or is it a powerful enginge for the creation of new communities?

Can virtual life be separated from “real life” at all?

My Tribe is an exploration that listens to the unique stories and paths through life of those who are immersed in the transformational technology of the web. it relies on those who use these tools every day, rather than detached expert views. It is a project whose process is more important than its conclusion – whose questions are more reveling than the answers they elicit.

Web users watch videos about the eight protagonists, along with survey questions, statistics and quotes. The site also features live streaming music, and users can also create their own online avatars.

Project details

Year of development :2011
Created by:Myriam Verreault
With:National Film Board of , Alex Ludoc, Hugues Sweeney

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