“Bystanding” World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

    Event Details

    June 9, 2021 – June 20, 2021
    (this event is over)

    Event Info

    ‘Bystanding: The Feingold Syndrome׳ is an immersive VR film created by Nim Shapira and Roi Lev. The film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival 2021 and compete at the Tribeca Immerse best non-fiction competition. Tickets go on sale on May 24.

    ‘Bystanding’ is an immersive interactive VR docufiction. It explores the confessions of people who witnessed a kayak-rower drown for four and a half minutes, and did not jump in. Using novel techniques of volumetric capture, photogrammetry, animations, and 360 videos, ‘Bystanding’ recreates the capsize and drowning of Israeli kayaking champion Jasmine Feingold in Tel Aviv’s River in 2009. Like a Rashomon, It allows participants to experience bystanders’ points of view and testimonies from that day. Participants are being transported to the park for 4.5 minutes, the time Jasmine spent underwater, in which they can literally step into bystanders’ bodies to witness their inner thoughts and deepest confessions. Each bystander confession is experienced as a totally different memory from that day, providing a glimpse to this person’s “stream of consciousness”. ‘Bystanding’ generates a strong memory for participants, and aims to raise questions about our responsibilities towards people in distress, and specifically deals with “the bystander effect”.

    The film was co-produced with Montreal-based studio KNGFU and Berlin-based studio Another World.

    The film was supported by Pais, Gesher, and Makor Israeli film funds, the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and KAN the Israeli public broadcast.

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