Past events

DocLab Live: Immersive Showcase 22 Nov 2016 at 20:00

Immersive storytelling is going through an unprecedented evolution. But where does the hype end and do new art forms take shape?

Industry Session: Putting Your Audience in the Story 22 Nov 2016 at 12:00

Virtual reality pioneer Zillah Watson tells you all about storytelling in emerging consumer technology.

Industry Talk: The (Un)defined Business of Interactive 22 Nov 2016 at 15:00

With over 10 years of digital non-fiction art production behind us, this talk explores future developments of interactive storytelling and how to fund it.

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Points of View

An ongoing interactive web documentary based on video footage shot by Palestinians working with B’Tselem’s Camera Distribution Project.

The basis for this documentary project is video footage from B’Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. In 2007, B’Tselem began giving Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza video cameras as well as basic training in shooting and editing. Their hope was that the resulting video would allow Palestinians themselves to not only document the infringement of their rights, but also to present their the anger, pain, joy, and hope of their daily lives to both Israelis and to the international public.

Points of View aims to increase exposure to B’tslem’s important and unique project through the creation of a map based interactive documentary that both situates the footage in its location of origin and creates new narrative threads of meaning from the stories that emerge. Viewers can browse the clips randomly, or follow pre-determined video trails that are connected via events and tags. The video trails offer viewers a way to learn more about particular events or areas, but also allow them to make their own connections, creating non-linear narratives that resist the fixed conclusions that can be provoked by linear documentary filmmaking.

This user-directed interface empathizes the auto-ethnographic nature of the video footage, and the lack of a fixed narrative thread allows for the footage to be seen and understood as a series of insightful yet highly complex ‘snapshots’ of a situation that is often stripped of subtlety and dimension in media accounts.

The main focus while developing the project was the design of database-driven authoring system that could dynamically expand and allow B’Tselem to post new videos on their own in the future. The design of the project is heavily indebted to the Open Source software movement and the code is released under a BSD license.

Project details

Year of development :2014
Created by:Zohar Kfir, Pierre Sébastien (FFUNCTION)
With:B'Tselem

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http://points-of-view.net/