Weapons Of Misdirection
DV Republic facilitated a FAKE interactive documentary about the war. Find out why we tricked you...
Weapons of Misdirection is an interactive film about the war in Iraq. For a month in the Spring of 2004, Weapons of Misdirection followed three characters, a soldier gone AWOL in Iraq (Dave), his wife who is in Kentucky raising her son alone (Heather), and a formerly embedded journalist who is in crisis in Baghdad (Lorna). The film followed the characters in real time, over 30 days, so the audience came back to the website again and again and follow the characters? online journals, which included videos, photos, blogs and audio transmissions. The premise of the film is that you never knew what was real and what wasn?t?the main controversy in the film dealt with an all too real problem: the US-issued depleted uranium in Iraq, which is considered a weapon of mass destruction, and is radioactive for the next 4.5 billion years. Weapons of Misdirection feels like a documentary, but in reality the characters are written, although they are all based on real people who blogged about the war. We asked the audience to participate: to write in and talk about the war, and to dialogue with each other and the characters?
Hisham Kekhia as Dave
Holly Derbyshire as Lorna
Kathy Searle as Heather
Marwa El-Khalil as Rania
Miles Dvorak as Baby Manny
Khalil Maasi as Scary Military Intelligence
Angel Colon as Scary Military Intelligence
Ron Goldin as Dave stand in
Leba is the most recent Featured Filmmaker of the BFF Lab. She directed the interactive narrative called "weaponsofmisdirection.com", which was shot in Lebanon and Brooklyn, and she is currently working with the Black Filmmaker Foundation to develop new interactive films.
Leba has worked for Microsoft Research in the Next Media Group, as a narrative designer. She graduated from Tisch School of the Arts, with a Master's degree in Interactive Telecommunications. Although Leba is interested in new media, she has a background in film and video production.
The focus of her work has been documenting youth culture, Hip Hop, and underground trends, and she has shot video all over the world including Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Japan, Cambodia, Morocco, Costa Rica, Belize, Peru, Cameroun and the UK, for such agencies as the United Nations and the Canadian government.