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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Life on Hold

In 10 powerful Internet videos from Al Jazeera, we share the pasts and futures of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Over a million Syrians have flooded into Lebanon, where they now make up a quarter of the population. We share their experiences in 10 powerful Internet videos from Al Jazeera, supplemented by a graphic representation of their escape route. Young Mohammad works with his father in a kebab shop and reflects on the bodies he saw and his friend, who was killed in a bomb explosion. “I wish it was me who was killed,” he tells us. A celebrated poet sees the refugees above all as people who have lost their purpose in life. As a former employee of the Syrian Ministry of Education, it’s extra hard for him to watch his son missing school. “A whole generation is being lost.” For a 17-year-old Syrian soldier who fought against government forces in Syria, it was kill or be killed. “After I killed the first one, I felt invincible.” He’s now in Lebanon being treated for a gunshot wound and can no longer work. An idealistic young doctor was repeatedly imprisoned for his opposition to the Syrian regime. He finally fled Syria and had to give up his dream of a career in medicine.

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 as an interactive installation from 19-29 November.

Project details

Year of development :2015
Created by:Reem Haddad & Dima Gharbawi Shaibani
With:Ralph Dfouni

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