The Big Issue: A Web Documentary on the Obesity Epidemic

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Special screenings, conferences and awards:
> IDFA Doclab, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – November 20, 2009
> Festival des 4 Ecrans, Paris, France – November 20, 2009 (IN COMPETITION for “web films”)
> European Doc Days, Torino, Italy – November 12, 2009
> Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield, UK – November 4, 2009 (SPECIAL MENTION for innovation awards)
> Prix Europa, Berlin, Germany – October, 23 2009 (SPECIAL MENTION in emerging media awards)

In 2015, 2,3 billion human beings will be overweight and 937 million will be obese if nothing is done. The numbers are alarming, and their rise seems unstoppable.

Throughout an investigation that unfolds from one side of the Atlantic to the other, The Big Issue invites the internet user to confront the multiple factors of the obesity epidemic, to question our modern lifestyles, and to inquire into the responsibility of the agri-business industry and the public powers.

Ultimately, this unique journey will draw critical skills of the internet user by inviting him to take on the role of a journalist. It will encourage him or her to come to his or her own opinion about obesity, about the fatality of this illness as well as on the actions that must be taken in order to bring this international epidemic to a halt as quickly as possible.

Directed by award-winning photographer and videographer Samuel Bollendorff and Olivia Colo, The Big Issue is a documentary project dedicated to an internet audience. It is based on the original web documentary format created for Journey to the End of Coal.


En 2015, nous serons 2,3 milliards en surpoids et 937 millions obèses.

Dans un monde où l’Homme prend du poids, beaucoup trop, beaucoup trop vite, « L’obésité est-elle une fatalité ? » souhaite expliquer sans manichéisme les origines de ce véritable fléau de nos sociétés modernes.

Au gré d’un parcours ludique et interactif à travers les Etats-Unis et le Canada, Le Parlement Européen et le Nord de la France, l’internaute fera appel à son sens critique pour se forger une opinion sur l’obésité, et sur les comportements à adopter avant que la planète ne devienne une planète XXL.

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Genre: Web documentary
Format: 20′
Directed by: Samuel Bollendorff et Olivia Colo
Interactive Design: Guillaume Urjewicz
Interactive editing powed by Klynt ®
Sound design: Frederic Blin
Produced by: Arnaud Dressen & Guillaume Urjewicz
With the support from CNC New Media and Canon France
In coproduction with France 5 /

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