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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.

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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.

Lagos Wide & Close interactive documentary

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.

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