A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
Experience the inhumane conditions of the Calais “jungle” and travel with Aamir from South Sudan via Libya and across the Mediterranean to his new “home.”
Aamir is a 24-year-old man from South Sudan. Following threats to Aamir’s life, his father has now sold his last valuable possessions to pay human smugglers to help Aamir escape to Europe. In 360-degree imagery, we experience Aamir’s journey by foot: through the desert, via Libya, over the Mediterranean and to the inhumane conditions of the Calais “jungle.” Aamir’s story is a production of the British National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio. It’s the first of a series of stories about refugees in Calais that explore the meaning of “home.” Actor Sule Rimi provides the voice of Aamir, whose original interview was crafted by Suhayla El-Bushra into a verbatim story. The London theater and studio are pioneering the use of VR technology and 360-degree filming in a theatrical context. In the cinema environment, this innovative application can offer new and powerful perspectives on important topics such as immigration.
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.