The Enemy

    • Karim Ben Khelifa
    • France, Canada
    • 2015
    • 17 min
    • Interactive, Physical, Immersive
    • World Premiere
    • DocLab: Seamless Reality
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    Two combatants from opposing sides observe each other. We stand in the middle, confronted with their fears, dreams and motivations to fight. Created by war photographer Karim Ben Khelifa, The Enemy is an ongoing project that operates on the borders of neuroscience, artificial intelligence and non-fiction storytelling. By means of a virtual reality installation and an augmented reality app, The Enemy invites the audience to step out of its role of distant and passive bystander and into the very heart of conflicts in Afghanistan, Israel, Congo and El Salvador. What motivates human beings to engage in violence, at the risk of being killed or killing others? Why do people continue to fight in wars that have been going on for generations, and how do they envisage freedom or their own future? The Enemy challenges existing views and traditional depictions of war. It reveals how the dismissal of someone else’s humanity isn’t so much about the limits of empathy as it is about the limits of our imagination. 

    Credits

    • 17 min
    • color
    • cross-platform
    • Spoken languages: Arabic, English, Hebrew
    Director
    Karim Ben Khelifa
    Production
    Chloé Jarry for Camera Lucida Productions, Louis-Richard Tremblay for ONF/NFB, Fabien Barati for Emissive, Boris Razon for France Televisions Nouvelles Ecritures, Nicolas Roy for Dpt.
    Cinematography
    Jean-Gabriel LEYNAUD
    Involved TV Channel
    France Televisions
    World Sales
    Camera Lucida Productions
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    2015
    World Premiere
    DocLab: Seamless Reality

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