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The Enemy

Face to face they are,
in between you stand.
Your presence changes everything.

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During his 15-years career as a war photographer Karim Ben Khelifa has been driven to find the answer to a single question: is it possible to invent a new way to make the audience care, to have them think more deeply about war? The Enemy breaks away from traditional media depictions of war. By allowing the ones who carry out the violence to explain who they are, their motives and their dreams, the project challenges views held by all sides, and ultimately humanizes the combatants.

During his 15-years career as a war photographer Karim Ben Khelifa has been driven to find the answer to a single question: is it possible to invent a new way to make the audience care, to have them think more deeply about war? The Enemy breaks away from traditional media depictions of war. By allowing the ones who carry out the violence to explain who they are, their motives and their dreams, the project challenges views held by all sides, and ultimately humanizes the combatants.

The Enemy project is:

goggleA virtual reality experience: a face to face concept where visitors are literally walking between combatants of opposing sides of long-standing conflicts.

cellphoneAn immersive experience through a mobile and tablet app that allows users to confront their own notions of "enemy" and "empathy" and to deepen their knowledge of the long-standing conflicts of our time.

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We provide no answers or explanations. Instead, we aim to provide an experience and stimulate a discussion beyond easy rhetoric. The glib dismissal of the humanity of the enemy is not so much about the limits of empathy as it is about the limits of imagination. The ultimate goal of this project is to expand the moral imagination by deploying new storytelling tools.

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The Author

Karim Ben Khelifa, 43, is an award winning photojournalist who has freelanced regularly for Time Magazine, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, Stern, GEO and dozens of others media. He has worked in more than 80 countries and territories and has had exhibition on four continents. Karim has been a member of the advisory board of the Observatory for Photojournalism of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

He is part of the committee that nominates photographers for the World Press Photo Foundation’s prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass. Karim was in 2012 the Carroll Binder Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard where he has given talks and lectures in different schools of Harvard University. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Open Documentary Lab at the MIT in Cambridge.

The Team

Camera lucida gathers producers and authors/directors who share the same passion for artistic and innovative creations. Its strategy is to push storytelling further and to produce a large scale of format, from interactive experiences and animation to Imax®, 2D to s-3D.

Created in 2011,"Nouvelles Ecritures" department is the narrative research laboratory of France Télévisions. This unit co-produced and developed more than 170 web native programs exploring transmedia, interactive and linear way to tell stories... ‘Nouvelles ecritures’ stands out as a laboratory, striving to open a new field of experimentation and innovation and invent original and different way of telling our fast changing world

NFB is one of the world’s great creative laboratories. As a public producer and distributor, it produces and distributes distinctive, relevant and innovative audiovisual productions. Its creators continue to break new ground in both the form and content of documentaries, animated films and multiplatform digital projects.

Dpt. is a digital creative studio founded in Montreal in 2007. They are a team of creative thinkers, designers, coders, producers and strategists who take an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to creating rich and unique interactive experiences that resonate with the public.

Emissive is specialized in the creation of interactive and immersive experiences. Emissive engages in new methods of narration using state of the art visualization and interaction devices. Its projects exploit a wide range of media.