Lagos Wide & Close
First released in 2004 on DVD, Lagos Wide & Close is an acclaimed interactive documentary by Rem Koolhaas et al. about self-organization and urbanization in Nigeria. 10 Years after its initial release Submarine Channel adapted Lagos Wide & Close for the web (with new and improved features, of course).
One of the first interactive documentaries ever made, Lagos Wide & Close offers a rare documentation of the African metropolisat a volatile moment in its evolution. Submarine Channel now makes the groundbreaking work available to all audiences online.
Viewers are invited to join bus driver Olawole Busayo in his yellow minivan on an adventurous and sometimes dangerous daily journey through the bustling and chaotic city. Switch between a more removed (‘wide’) perspective of Lagos, and an intimate encounter with the city and its people (‘close’). There are three audio tracks to choose from: city sounds, interviews with Lagos citizens, or comments by architect Rem Koolhaas.
The interactive documentary (60′) was edited from 55 hours of raw footage that brings the viewer closer to the explosively growing megalopolis, Lagos.
Lagos Wide & Close is one of the most popular DVDs on the Submarine Channel DVD label. It is still available in our Sub Shop.