Streaming Nation

    • Alexey Layfurov
    • United States
    • 2014
    • 30 min
    • Linear
    • World Premiere
    • DocLab: Immersive Reality, DocLab Program
    In a country rife with political conflicts, where the state has been failing its citizens over and over again, the position of the media in Russia is precarious to say the least. As a result, most Russians now have little faith in traditional TV or radio stations. They shrug off the propaganda and the one-sided reporting on the situation in the Ukraine, items on Putin’s daily schedule, and the tackling of insurgents from the Caucasus. Instead, increasing numbers of Russians are turning to the Internet for their news, or choose to source the news themselves in the form of streaming video. In five chapters presented on four screens, the video installation Streaming Nation reveals the many different points of view to which contemporary Russians must resort – the video material included here is sourced from alternative news services and citizen journalists. Take for example the webcams many Russian drivers use to film from behind their windshields for insurance purposes. In addition to recording accidents, these cameras catch everything that happens along the way – including some pretty unusual events. Streaming Nation is a summary of the varied and often conflicting perspectives on reality bubbling under the surface of the official media.

    Credits

    • 30 min
    • Spoken languages: Russian
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Alexey Layfurov
    Production
    Liza Faktor for Screen
    Executive producer
    Liza Faktor for Screen
    Editing
    Adrian Kelterborn
    Screening copy
    Screen

    IDFA history

    2014
    World Premiere
    DocLab: Immersive Reality
    DocLab Program

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