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Life Underground Nominated for IDA Best Short Form Series

The interactive web documentary LIFE UNDERGROUND has been nominated for Best Short Form Series by the International Documentary Association.

Winners will be announced at the IDA Awards on Saturday, December 8th, 2018!

LIFE UNDERGROUND is a groundbreaking transmedia project that invites visitors on a journey through the subways of the world and into the personal stories of their passengers. Its main component is an interactive web documentary. LIFE UNDERGROUND has also become an immersive multimedia installation for museums and public spaces (including subway stations) featuring the same content but on large screens with a multi-track soundscape.

Shot in over 17 cities, across 4 continents, in over 11 languages, by director Hervé Cohen this interactive web documentary and immersive media installation takes viewers on a journey into the subways of the world through the personal stories of passengers.

In Berlin, 18-year-old Amjad dreams obsessively about the family he left behind in Syria; in Los Angeles, we hear Natalya’s excitement about her recent gender change, and the beginning of her life as a woman; in Brussels, 90-year-old Lily laments about her love affair with an American soldier during WWII; in Hong Kong, Ho Pak struggles with a difficult and sometimes violent relationship with his father.

Through 50+ stories of family, migration, love, identity, ambition, and more, LIFE UNDERGROUND challenges notions of public and private space and reminds us that beneath the surface, we’re all connected.

** Official Selection - SXSW 2018 **

** Official Selection - Berlin Webfest 2018*

World Premiere at Los Angeles' Union Station January 30th - February 5th 2018  


Hervé Cohen is an award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer and has traveled the world to capture compelling stories for international productions: from the Amazon, filming a musical poetic piece about environment, to the countryside of China, following the work of three traveling projectionists; from Senegal, capturing the initiation ceremony of a young Diola, to the entire United States, filming a family road movie during the Democratic Primaries; from Benin, Africa, and India to document the evolution of two young girls from their first day of school, to Italy and Portugal for a series of portraits of Europeans, and of course Paris (where he is originally from) filming a personal story about the exile of the Algerian Jews. He has also shot two feature narratives, in San Francisco and in Haiti (the 2017 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, AYITI MON AMOUR).

Created by Hervé Cohen, with collaborating artist Tonian Irving and music composer Brian Rodvien.

Made possible with partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and UITP. With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Countries: USA, France and multiple countries
Languages: Multiple with English Subtitles
Runtime: 90