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_Healing Histories

Interactive documentary “Healing Histories” explores the history of New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood, focusing on its residents’ continuing fight for racial equity.

2012 Amil Husain,Sean Klassen
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“We knew they were interested in threading together bits and pieces of content to craft a story, but none of the content had been produced yet. It was a challenge to know exactly what to design for, so we tried to stay flexible and adapt the project to changes based on the footage that was gathered.”

Sean Klassen, Co-Author; Andy McIntosh, Legwork Studio Developer; and Matt FaJohn, Legwork Studio Strategist, in Communication Arts

Devastated by 2006’s Hurricane Katrina, the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans is rebuilding in the face of high crime rates, historical racism, and limited civic support. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s documentary Healing Histories collects portraits of the community, divided into five thematic subsections: Our History, Our Homes, Our Neighbors, Our Culture, and Our Jobs. Developed by Denver-based interactive agency Legwork Studio for public relations firm Werber Shandwick, Healing Histories incorporates video, photographs, and historical documents into an interactive HTML5 interface, annotated throughout with multimedia.

Healing Histories tells a story of resilience, profiling Central City’s rich history and uncovering its residents’ aspirations for the future. The Kellogg Foundation presents Healing Histories as the first of a series of interactive documentaries. Each will focus on a different American neighborhood, uncovering the story of the fight for racial equity in the United States.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : United States
Year : 2012
Author : Amil Husain,Sean Klassen
Producer : W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Team : Legwork Studio,Weber Shandwick
Awards & Nominations : Cannes CyberLion Shortlist,Communications Arts Interactive Award
Funders AND Incubators : W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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