Bottled Songs 1 - 4 (2020)

  • Documentary, Desktop Cinema
  • 1h 17m

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Bottled Songs is an ongoing media project depicting strategies for making sense of online terrorist propaganda and its viral circulation in the contemporary mediascape. Filmmakers and media researchers Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Kevin B. Lee compose letters addressed to each other, narrating their encounters with videos originating from the terrorist group the Islamic State (ISIS). They use a desktop documentary approach to trace and record their investigations playing directly upon their computer screens.

The first phase of the project consists of four short films, each taking the form of a desktop epistolary composed by one researcher addressed to the other.

  1. Bottled Songs: The Observer / 18m
  2. Bottled Songs: Looking Into the Flames / 18m
  3. Bottled Songs: My Crush Was a Superstar / 12m
  4. Bottled Songs: The Spokesman / 12m

Viewers are invited to write letters to Chloé and Kevin, or to others brought to mind by Bottled Songs, to process and share their reflections on what they’ve seen. Please see further information about this in their programme notes.

Presented in partnership with Scottish Documentary Institute.


English, French


Germany, France, United States