DocLab Shorts 24 Nov at 19:45
A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
Witness 360: 7/7
One survivor of the London bombings of July 7, 2005 talks about that day and gives us a sense of the trauma that still haunts her.
On July 7, 2005, London was rocked by a series of devastating bombings. Four Al-Qaeda suicide terrorists blew themselves up in the underground and on a bus. Fifty-two people died and more than 700 were injured in the attack – the most devastating on British soil since a bomb brought down Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Witness 360 makes it clear what the attacks meant on an individual level. One survivor recounts her experience on that day, but much more how these events continue to haunt her. This makes this form of virtual reality journalism much more than a re-enactment or a recording of eyewitness accounts. The subconscious fear that continues to grow after the attack is perhaps even more devastating than the actual explosions. Clever use of associative images grants us insight and allows us to feel what cannot be shown, or even easily described.
Selected for IDFA 2015 and eligible for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling and the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction.
Presented as part of the DocLab: Seamless Reality program by IDFA and De Brakke Grond during DocLab Live: VR Cinema Showcase on Tuesday 24 November and as an interactive installation from 19-29 November.