Using interactive documentary as a peacebuilding tool

  • Mousumi De

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy


    Media can play a crucial role in a peacebuilding process. Along with news and information, media assistance in peacebuilding covers a wide variety of communication types that include print, electronic and new media. Within the domain of new media initiatives for peacebuilding, my research seeks to explore the potential of interactive documentary as a peacebuilding tool. Interactive documentary offers new conventions for organizing and presenting audio-visual narrative. The new possibilities for audience engagement and interaction, together with possibilities of networking and distribution can be utilized to advance the goals of media assistance in peacebuilding.

    In my research, I first explore the medium of interactive documentary, analyse the dynamics of media assistance in peacebuilding, especially the emerging practice of peace journalism and its significance as an emotionally and socially intelligent approach to journalism, and then consider the use of interactive documentary within the domain of peacebuilding. Further, through creative production I develop a prototype of interactive documentary that exemplifies an approach that could be taken as a medium for peace journalism. Finally, I propose ways in which interactive documentary may be assessed within the framework of peacebuilding.
    Date of Award2009
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Coventry University
    SupervisorAndree Woodcock (Supervisor), John Burns (Supervisor) & Alan Hunter (Supervisor)


    • art and design
    • peace and reconciliation
    • media and communication
    • interactive documentary
    • film-making
    • peace journalism

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