THE EMPIRE PROJECT

 

Shot in 10 countries over 4 years, the immersive documentary Empire (New York Film Festival 2013, SXSW 2014, IDFA DocLab 2014) 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 multi-channel video projection, immersion journalism and an interactive website — to unearth the contemporary aftershocks of the world's first brush with global capitalism.

Read the MIT case study on Empire here.


 
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Fueled by a transcendent moral code.
— Filmmaker Magazine
A perfect example of true interactivity.
— Indiewire