Refugee Republic

CompanySubmarine Channel
ClientJan Rothuizen
DesignerJan Rothuizen
Prize2nd Place in Multimedia / Interactive Media
Project LinkView
Entry Description

Refugee Republic is an online documentary about everyday life in Domiz Camp, a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq. Around 58 thousand predominantly Kurdish-Syrian refugees have sought shelter here, gradually transforming the camp from a temporary refuge to a makeshift town where people live and work, go to school, start a business, get married, argue and have fun. We’ve all seen images of refugees desperately waiting for help, but that is just one part of the story. There lies an entire world behind the images you see in the media – a world that is not all that much different from yours and mine. Visual artist Jan Rothuizen, journalist Martijn van Tol and photographer Dirk-Jan Visser explored Domiz Camp from A to Z, together with web developer Aart Jan van der Linden they brought to life its inhabitants and places in a multidimensional mix of sound, drawings, photo and film.