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POINTS OF VIEW is an ongoing interactive web documentary based on video footage shot by Palestinians working with B’Tselem’s Camera Distribution Project. It offers an intimate and situated look at life under the Israeli occupation.

2014 Zohar Kfir
AR,EN,HE Visit the project

Media outlets are all telling different realities. It’s important to have the testimony of the people who live there.

Zohar Kfir, in an interview with The Creators 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 allows 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 emphasizes 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 at a Glance :

Language : AR,EN,HE
Country : Canada,Israel,Palestine
Year : 2014
Author : Zohar Kfir
Producer : Zohar Kfir
Team : B'Tselem's Camera Project
Developers : FFunction inc
Designers : FFunction inc,Zohar Kfir
Topics : Middle East,War and Conflict
Technologies : HTML5,Open source,Python,webGL
Techniques : Crowdsourcing,Video
Festivals : Currents New Media Festival,Ethnographic Terminalia Bureau of Memories DC,FILE - Electronic Language International Festival,ICIDS International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling,ISEA (International Society for the Electronic Arts),Photography Expanded Symposium Magnum Foundation,RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Film Festival,SIGGRAPH,Subtle Technologies 17th Annual festival
Budget Range : $45000
Funders AND Incubators : The Canada Council for the Arts Media Arts Section,Vivacité Montréal Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)
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