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Here at Home

A live web documentary about At Home, a major Canadian housing project that gave homes to 1,265 homeless people.

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In 2007, the United Nations reprimanded Canada because of the extremely large numbers of homeless people in the country. A year later, the government gave $110 million to At Home, a major national housing project that is nothing less than a social experiment. A total of 1,265 homeless people were allocated homes, while a control group of 970 people only had access to previously existing facilities. This made it possible to carry out research into whether homeless people – who are plagued by unemployment and often mental problems and addiction – benefit from first having a home and then getting help.

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It turns current practice on its head, because usually people only get a home once other problems have been sorted out. The participants in At Home undergo intensive supervision by psychologists and social workers, and they are regularly interviewed by the researchers. And they’re also being followed by a film crew from the National Film Board of Canada. Their reportages will continue to appear on the attractively designed web platform Here at Home until 2013, when the experiment ends. To view the films, users click on colorful moons floating around five mother planets representing the participating cities of Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto and Moncton. These are combined with the collected data to create a live web documentary on this huge and ambitious housing project.

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Via IDFA DocLab

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Sound Ecology – Web Doc

“web doc puts noise pollution in perspective: Sonic trash or treasure?”

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It’s hard for us to all agree on what sounds good. “Montreal must manage its ‘sonic trash”, reads a slogan that unites the Saint-Lambert Citizens Against Noise Pollution. The suburban group opposes the not-always-dulcet tones that emanate all summer from Parc Jean-Drapeau, home to the thunderous roar of F1 racing and the heartbeat of festival life in Montreal.

“Cities are the most polluted soundscapes, and this raises public health issues. Urban soundscapes are also diverse, lively and stimulating,” says Hugues Sweeney, a director and advisor for Écologie sonore, a new French-language web documentary by the NFB that exposes the scale of noise pollution, explores many perspectives on it and invites us to fine-tune our senses.
“There are no regulations at the provincial or national level around sound pollution, only municipal laws that prohibit rowdiness after 11 p.m. and ban clubs from being situated in proximity to residents,” says Sweeney.

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The interactive website, made by a formidable team that includes artistic director Nicolas Saint-Cyr, sound designer Freeworm (Vincent Letellier of The National Parcs), videographer Alexandra Guité and environmental researcher Mathieu Régnier, takes visitors on an immersive tour of four soundscapes – city, suburb, nature and, finally, hermitage.

“We live in an image-driven culture, but sound and music make up our identities. Sound is emotive: It’s language, and forms our identity. This project was a way to discuss and make public this topic – a pretext for a social discussion around sound and noise pollution.”

It also explains why this online project aims to refine how we listen. Take this “ear clearing” exercise, as Sweeney calls it, for an example:
“Leave your home. Stand still for five minutes. Listen. Then, on sheet of paper, write down everything you heard. Our soundscape is one of the best descriptors of our time, place and culture.”

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via Hour Community

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BEAR 71 – Web Documentary

Interactive production that tells the true story of a female grizzly bear dubbed “Bear 71″.

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Bear 71 tells the true story of a female grizzly bear dubbed “Bear 71″ by the park rangers who tracked her in Banff National Park from 2001 to 2009. Questioning how we see the world through the lens of technology, this multi-user, interactive story blurs the line between the wild world, and the wired one.

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Performed by Mia Kirshner and written by JB Mackinnon. Featuring music by Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Atlas Sound, Tim Hecker and Grouper.

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