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Exile without End: a strong web-doc by CBC

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The French- and English-language services of CBC have teamed up to produce a web documentary about Palestinians in Lebanon. Using a sleek photographic interface filled with video hotspots, Exile Without End explores the lives of people living in the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, one of 12 such camps that have existed in Lebanon for decades.

CBC News correspondent Nahlah Ayed and Radio-Canada’s Ahmed Kouaou and Danny Braün spent two weeks documenting life in Shatila, a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut whose 12,000 inhabitants are among the oldest group of refugees in the world. The website’s interactive, street-level interface allows you to follow some of their personal stories from inside the one-square-kilometre camp and experience firsthand Shatila’s maze of cramped, dark tenements, narrow alleyways and shabby infrastructure. Some videos are obviously very strong and the web-doc gives a good feeling of what life might be like in the camp.

This is a strong web doc: the topic, the interviews and the interface makes it very powerful. My only draw back is the hypertextual mode of interactivity. I personally have some problems in feeling engaged when I have to select people and click on them. My attention span must be short, or maybe I am not curious enough… but I tend to stop my exploration quite quickly…

By the way: the authors’ blog is also quite interesting!

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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