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Behind the Blue Screen: Video Stories from Iran

Monday, March 16
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Austin Suite
Austin Convention Center


Behind the Blue Screen is a project to collect stories from countries from which you don’t hear a lot of new stories. Countries like Iran, where the government is censoring the news and journalists have difficulty doing their job. Countries on which our mainstream media usually show the same politicised stories.

The Bluescreen App allows storytellers to make video-selfies. Users can share their personal stories more freely because their faces are covered by a mask that still shows their emotion. The app uses the same face recognition software normally used for censoring images. The stories are collected through a strictly offline 'sneakernet' and translated in Dutch and English. The best stories are published through the Dutch news website de Correspondent.


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Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Co-founder & Publisher

De Correspondent

Jaap van Heusden


Jaap van Heusden

Jaap van Heusden (1979) studied at the Dutch film academy, graduating as a director in 2005 with his film ‘Een ingewikkeld verhaal, eenvoudig verteld’ which was shortlisted for a student oscar. Sin...

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Ruben Pater


Untold Stories

Ruben Pater – an Amsterdam based Dutch designer — has a mission to create visual narratives about complex political issues. By visually translating stories that are untold because they are sensitiv...

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