No Ordinary Everyday
What do you do when everything you took for granted, changes? Maybe you clutch to your routine, moving between morning exercises, a disappointingly empty fridge and your computer, over and over and over again. Whatever your approach or circumstance, daily life just doesn’t feel as run-of-the-mill as usual. Where we previously tried to avoid the mundane, we now celebrate every successful attempt at normality.
This selection by IDFA’s new media program DocLab takes you inside the hearts and minds of people around the world. We present unusual stories of school, work and the everyday places we love to take for granted. From nursing home residents bonding with robots to schoolgirls reinventing everyday life in north-eastern Nigeria and an entire town that is dismantled. We witness the everday lives of sex workers and the digital lives in global high-rises from Guangzhou to Mumbai, New York and beyond. Drawing on film, photography, scrapbooks, archival footage, stop motion, CGI, artificial intelligence, 360 degree video and computer games, these interactive documentary experiences reveal our deep need for purpose, connection and community.