Story, History and Intercultural Memory: Can a Transmedia Approach Benefit an Archive-Based Documentary Project?

Marida Di Crosta, Anita Leandro

Abstract


How can transmedia storytelling benefit to a documentary production in order to give historical archives a second life? Could it possibly help updating official archives, adding to the them amateur’s contributions?
We will try to answer the question by recalling some recent European experiences of Web-documentaries linked to television series. This will allows us to extrapolate a few theoretical fundamentals underlying the design of our transcontinental transmedia collaborative project of archive-based documentary – Histories of Brazil. Our aim is to show how a transmedia approach to archive-based content, intervening in contemporary digital interconnected environements, can work as a dynamic complementary tool for developing and sharing historical knowledge.

Keywords


transmedia storytelling, web documentary, archival footage

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