The Empire Project
Shot in 10 countries over 4 years, the immersive documentary Empire (NYFF 2013, IDFA 2012) is an epic investigation into the legacy of colonialism, and a one-of-a-kind multiplatform story experience.
A hidden synagogue in the mountains of Indonesia. A Dutch-style village in the Sri Lankan rainforest. A white separatist enclave in the South African desert.
These are a few of the communities brought to light in Empire, an Emmy-nominated, Webby-honored immersive documentary project that examines the still-unfolding legacy of Dutch colonialism. Empire employs a broad range of storytelling techniques—including nonfiction filmmaking, multi-channel video projection, and digital storytelling—to unearth the contemporary aftershocks of the world's first brush with global capitalism.
Empire installations have shown at cultural institutions on four continents, including The Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town; The Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta; Khoj, New Delhi; WORM, Rotterdam; and The Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater (REDCAT), Los Angeles.
The interactive Empire website was nominated for an Emmy, honored by the Webbys, and is the subject of a long-form case study from MIT's Open Documentary Lab.