Art Gallery

Points of View

Points of View is an interactive web documentary based on video footage shot by Palestinians working with B'Tselem's Camera Distribution Project. It offers an intimate and situated look at life under the Israeli occupation. This project brings these materials to the international public in a manner that is respectful of their content yet innovative enough to provoke a more nuanced form of engagement than conventional documentary; it is an artistic exploration of a complex political issue that raises questions of community engagement, social awareness, and the social and phenomenological shaping of narrative.

Points of View is an expanded exploration of non-linear narrative design, depicting documentary-based materials. The work aims to increase exposure to B’tslem’s important and unique project through the creation of a map-based, database-driven interactive documentary that both situates the footage in its location of origin and creates new narrative threads of meaning from the stories that emerge. Viewers can browse the clips randomly, or follow pre-determined video trails that are connected via events and tags. The video trails offer viewers a way to learn more about particular events or areas, but also allow them to make their own connections—creating non-linear narratives that resist the fixed conclusions that can be provoked by linear documentary filmmaking—and experience life in the West Bank and Gaza from multiple points of view.

Zohar Kfir
Independent New Media Artist