Bystanding: The Feingold Syndrome

10 min
1 episode
‘Bystanding: The Feingold Syndrome’ is an immersive interactive VR docufiction. It explores the confessions of people who witnessed a kayak-rower drown for four and a half minutes, and did not jump in.

‘Bystanding’ will have its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, and compete in the Immersive non-fiction competition.

Using novel techniques of volumetric capture, photogrammetry, animations, and 360 videos, 'Bystanding' recreates the capsize and drowning of Israeli kayaking champion Jasmine Feingold in Tel Aviv's River in 2009. Like a Rashomon, It allows participants to experience bystanders’ points of view and testimonies from that day. Participants are being transported to the park for 4.5 minutes, the time Jasmine spent underwater, in which they can literally step into bystander’s bodies to witness their inner thoughts and deepest confessions.

Each bystander confession is experienced as a totally different memory from that day, providing a glimpse to this person’s “stream of consciousness”. 'Bystanding' generates a strong memory for participants, and aims to raise questions about our responsibilities towards people in distress, and specifically deals with "the bystander effect".

General informations

Director :
Nim Shapira
Writer :
Lior Zalmanson

Type :
Virtual Reality - Interactive

Production companies :
AnotherWorld VR, KngFu

Crew & cast

Creative Producer :
Roi Lev
Created by :
Nim Shapira , Roi Lev