Innovative Film Visualizes the Destruction of World War II: Now Available in 7 Languages

Back in June we high­light­ed Neil Hal­lo­ran’s 15 minute film, The Fall­en of World War II, which used “inno­v­a­tive data visu­al­iza­tion tech­niques to put the human cost of WW II into per­spec­tive, show­ing how some 70 mil­lion lives were lost with­in civil­ian and mil­i­tary pop­u­la­tions across Europe and Asia, from 1939 to 1945.” It’s a pret­ty stag­ger­ing illus­tra­tion of the dead­liest war. As the film went viral, Hal­lo­ran raised mon­ey that would enable him to devel­op new films explor­ing “oth­er trends of war and peace — from drones and ter­ror­ism to democ­ra­cy and peace­keep­ing.” He has also trans­lat­ed the film into six dif­fer­ent lan­guages. They all went online in the last few weeks. Here they are: Russ­ian, Japan­ese, Pol­ish, FrenchGer­man, and Ser­bian.

Above, you can watch the orig­i­nal in Eng­lish (cer­tain­ly worth doing if you were vaca­tion­ing in June), and you might also explore the accom­pa­ny­ing inter­ac­tive web site here.

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  • catalina says:

    Long Peace?
    The end of this bril­liant descrip­tion seems a joke espe­cial­ly to those who live invad­ed by the “great pow­ers”. Or in cas­es of civ­il wars, the fact the video shows that we’re liv­ing on peace, only demon­strate how these great pow­ers can’t visu­al­ize the rest of the world. Shame on it, don’t mean to be a hater, it’s just so sad.

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