|2015||Dima Shaibani,Ralph Dfouni,Reem Haddad|
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Tending to the content means above all pruning the superfluous. Until only the essence of what needs to be conveyed remains…The kind of impressionistic perspective we achieve can only be told in an interactive form.
Reem Haddad and Dima Shaibani, Producers, to i-Docs
Life On Hold, an interactive documentary from Al-Jazeera, introduces viewers to ten Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. The project explores their stories through video profiles, photos, environmental sound, and maps of their journeys. Each character’s page functions like an audiovisual scrapbook, giving viewers an immersive glimpse of their daily life. Syrian artist Tammam Azzam also created a digital wall for each character, showing exactly how many days they have been refugees for. Imagery based on their memories fades away as the number rises. Each wall is also a repository for positive comments: viewers can submit encouraging messages for characters, and these are displayed as twinkling stars. With this creative and multifaceted approach, Life on Hold offers a vision of humanity and hope.