Transmedia doc series about Arab Spring begins production

BeActive-produced web project Road to Revolution (pictured) follows three Portuguese journalists as they travel to 10 countries to investigate the causes behind the Arab Spring uprisings.
January 25, 2012

Three Portuguese journalists will traverse 10 countries to learn about the causes that led to the Arab Spring in an online doc series produced by transmedia prodco beActive.

Road to Revolution will also compare uprisings in the Mahgreb and Middle Eastern regions with those in the west, from the 1960s to the Occupy protest movement. Produced with support from Portuguese weekly Sol and retail chain Sportzone, consists of online video blogs uploaded to a microsite, Sol‘s site and related social media feeds such as Facebook and Twitter every week for 10 to 12 weeks beginning at the end of January.

The video updates will eventually comprise a feature-length documentary for television broadcast at  the year’s end. “As a new wave of revolutions sweeps the Arab world, Road to Revolution aims to show a different point of view from that presented by TV and online news,” said beActive exec producer Nuno Bernardo.

“It explores how and why revolutions take place, what changed and what remains. It features interviews with the younger generation about their role in the revolution and hopes and expectations for the future. The series demonstrates beActive’s commitment to producing groundbreaking multiplatform factual content.”

The series stars reporters Tiago Carrasco, Joao Henriques and Joao Fontes (pictured) and will take place in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. BeActive has previously produced factual transmedia projects such as the adventure doc 350 South: An American Journey and the TV series Yes I Can and The Club, both in partnership with Setanta Sports and magazine series Beat Generation.

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