No Ordinary Everyday

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    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.

    Items in this selection

    10 Mississippi

    • Karina Popp
    • 2018

    This sometimes uncomfortably intimate game transforms the daily grind into a mission: morning exercises, office job, chow down, repeat, repeat, repeat.

    Cucalu: Rediscover Reality

    • Daniel Disselkoen
    • 2014

    This interactive iPhone game gets its players to take a fresh look at the world around them by having them photograph circles, squares and triangles in their hometown.

    Earn a Living

    • Yuval Orr
    • 2018

    Seven documentaries about a universal basic income explore our relationship with work and money, from Kenya to the Netherlands and from North Carolina to Tokyo.

    Flavours of Iraq

    • Leonard Cohen
    • 2018

    Twenty powerful animated films appeal to the senses in a rich portrayal of the country and familiy of an Iraqi-French journalist.

    HIGHRISE: Universe Within

    • Katerina Cizek
    • 2015

    This multimedia project explores the lives of city dwellers and shows how online communities can shape the physical world.  

    I Love Your Work

    • Jonathan Harris
    • 2013

    In this web documentary, nine women working in the lesbian porn industry reveal both their bodies and their innermost thoughts. Or do they?


    • Rahima Gambo
    • 2018

    A multimedia story encapsulating the experiences of Nigerian students who want to continue learning, despite the atrocities carried out by Boko Haram.

    Welcome to Pine Point

    • Paul Shoebridge, Michael Simons
    • 2010

    A multimedia portrait of the memories of the disappeared Canadian mining settlement of Pine Point, which existed from 1964 to 1988.

    Year of the Robot

    • Yves Gellie
    • 2019

    In aesthetic scenes, filmmaker Yves Gellie visits hospital patients and nursing home residents in France and Belgium to film their encounters with a robot. What happens when people and machines meet?