The Enemy is always a stranger. When he’s no longer a stranger, he ceases to be the Enemy. Now, you can get to know soldiers from opposite sides of the same conflict. These men didn’t want to fight, but they do anyway. They share the same fears — and the same hopes as well.
Thanks to AR technology and the work of war photographer Karim Ben Khelifa, you can meet these soldiers and hear their stories, wherever you are. And what they have to say might change the way you look at the world.
Using your smart phone, you’ll hear both sides of three momentous conflicts: the wars in El Salvador and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Use the app in an area where you have some room to maneuver, and get up close with each soldier. You’ll feel his presence as he maintains eye contact and shares his version of events, offering a rarely heard perspective on violence and war. If you turn 180 degrees while he’s speaking, you’ll see his enemy standing right there, patiently waiting to tell his side of the story.
The app, together with the travelling VR installation of the same name, proves that you don't need to be living in a war zone to be affected by the conflict.
This experience is meant to be shared. “The more we make the project known, the more we can fill in the gap that separates us from the ‘other.’” – Karim Ben Khelifa
Features: • The use of augmented and mixed reality provides an immersive and realistic experience right in your own environment. • Candid interviews with fighters from some of the longest-running conflicts of our time. • A valuable tool for building empathy and provoking discussion. • Using a special access code, you can either join an existing community or create your own, allowing you to connect with other users who shared your experience.
Download The Enemy today and challenge your beliefs.
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In co-production with CAMERA LUCIDA PRODUCTIONS / FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS / NFB / DPT / EMISSIVE