700,000, an immersive web documentary on the soldiers who disappeared during the war of 14
Among the millions who died in the First World War, 700,000 soldiers were buried beneath the front line. Lying only a few centimetres below the earth, they regularly resurface during archaeological digs.
700000 is an unusual interactive experience. It is built around explorational modules but it is also a poetic journey, inviting us to discover these soldiers of different nationalities, who lost their lives on the battlefields.
On opening the videos the internet user can join the archaeologists in their dig. They advance in each story by gradually accessing other content: analyses by anthropologists, historians, coroners’ reports…, they discover daily life in the trenches, visit underground passages, excavate astonishing tombs with horses buried with the honours, unofficial graves made in haste by friends of the same regiment… They can listen to the mine-clearing experts, farmers, developers who are often confronted with the scars of war.
Rather like the work of an archaeologist, the experience transforms the elements into history. The overall process consists in going beyond the fate or the portrait of a few soldiers.
700000 appeals not only to our desire for discovery but to our own feelings towards the fate of these men.