Face to Face: Stories from the Aftermath of Infamy
First-person stories connect the experiences of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor with the experiences of Arab and Muslim Americans following the events of September 11, 2001.
What does it mean to be an American with the face of the enemy? The stories of 18 people are woven together in a poetic narrative that provides unexpected connections between individuals from different backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, and genders. The site represents a special new media venture presented by the Independent Television Service. Collaborating with documentary filmmaker Rob Mikuriya, the site is designed to meld traditional filmmaking with the strengths of interactive media in an original program format distributed exclusively online. Linear narratives edited from interview footage are joined together in a non-linear format that enables visitors to make their own connections and unexpected discoveries. The visitor can choose to watch and listen to stories in an autoplay mode, or jump thematically through clusters of different individuals speaking about similar experiences of fear, anger, loyalty, and other topics. An index allows the user to find specific people, themes, and clips. Glossary and Activities sections encourage visitors to learn more about Japanese American and Arab American culture, and reflect on issues of democracy, prejudice, and citizenship in times of national crisis.
Press & AwardsMedia that Matters Film Festival, New Media Award, 2003Yahoo!, Pick of the Day, June 1, 2003
Whatever your take on the topic, this site serves as an important sanity check for all Americans.Cool Site of the Day, April 14, 2003Art Directors Awards, Distinctive Merit, Public Service/Nonprofit, 2003SXSW Web Site Competition, Winner, Online Education Resource, March 2003Flash Film Festival, Finalist, Story, 2003“Sound Advice,” HOW, Megan Lane, February 2003
[S]ome of the most stunning images and sounds on the internet were created in Portland, OR at Second Story.Sundance Online Film Festival, New Forms, 2003
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- Aleen Adams
- Jeff Faulkner
- Sam Ward, David Brewer, Seb Chevrel
- Sally Anderson
- Production Assistant
- David Waingarten