A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
A journalist gives readers a visceral, intimate sense of what it’s like to report on the Syrian war.
New York Times journalist Declan Walsh gives readers a visceral, intimate sense of what it’s like to report on the Syrian war. Some of that involves unveiling the reporting process itself, but mostly it’s about conveying the way that a place like Syria fully engages your five senses, in moments of repose as well as of action. What you see out the window as you drive between cities? What you hear – and feel – as you walk down the streets of Damascus of Aleppo? The smell of gunpowder; the pervasive sense of weariness or fear.
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.