CBC Doc Channel / AfterMunich

An interactive exploration of media, terrorism and us.

On September 5th, 1972, the tenth day of the Munich Olympics, Palestinian terrorist group Black September stormed the Israeli athletes’ quarters. Four women were directly impacted that day, their lives transformed by the trauma. This is the story in Francine Zimmerman’s documentary, After Munich.

Friends & Enemies partnered with Z Films and CBC Documentary to create a companion digital experience for the documentary.

With an event that occurred more than 45 years ago, the enemy was a lack of relevance. We needed to create an experience that mattered to younger audiences who weren’t alive for the Munich Massacre.

The film reveals that for the first time in history, a terrorist attack was broadcast live. Today, we are accustomed to watching attacks live, in fact, we often create the content with our phones.

For the digital experience, we leaned on this notion — that since Munich, terrorism has seeped deeper and deeper into our lives. Munich started a chain reaction, where terrorism, the media and us the viewer have moved closer together.

In 3 chapters, we unraveled the past and discuss the trauma and lasting impacts years of viewing terrorism has had on audiences, like millennials.

Within each chapter, users move between original videos, created by Friends & Enemies and 9 editorial articles, written by Friends & Enemies. At the end of each article and within social, we ask questions about the state of the world, and where we’ll go next as a society.

As a whole, the experience gives new audiences an understanding of the Munich Massacre and its relevance to their daily lives.

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