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_Empire Interactive

Shot in ten countries over the course of four years, Empire employs human-scaled storytelling to explore how the conditions of the past impact our lives in the present.

2014 Eline Jongsma,Kel O'Neill
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History is not simple, and no single perspective can explain a phenomena as complex as colonialism. On a long enough timeline, everyone is both the oppressed and the oppressor.

Eline Jongsma, Director, from an interview with POV Films

The Dutch East and West India Companies once controlled vast trading networks that stretched from the Cape of Good Hope to the Indonesian archipelago, and from New York City to South America’s Wild Coast. Although they came in pursuit of short-term profits, the companies left behind a legacy that can still be seen today in the cultures, and in the bloodlines, of people and communities around the world.

Empire Interactive is a highly interactive documentary that uses innovative techniques to present online video. The creative interface of the project lets the user move between different videos and storylines. Changing from chapter to chapter, this interface strongly complements the story, giving insight into the long-term effects of Dutch colonialism.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : United States
Year : 2014
Author : Eline Jongsma,Kel O'Neill
Producer : POV
Team : Adnaan Wasey,Simon Kilmurry
Developers : Brian Chirls,Genevieve Hoffman,Sam Bailey
Designers : Clint Beharry
Topics : Asia,Colonialism,History
Technologies : CSS,HTML5,Javascript,SVG
Techniques : Branched Narrative,Gestural interface,Interviews,Split screen
Festivals : IDFA DocLab,New York Film Festival,SXSW
Awards & Nominations : POV Hackathon
Funders AND Incubators : AmDoc (POV),DutchCulture,National Archives of the Netherlands disbursing funds from the Government of the Netherlands.,The Creative Industries Fund NL,the Mondriaan Fund
Trailer :

 

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