Empire is an immersive documentary project that explores how the conditions of the past define our lives in the present.
The Dutch East and West India Companies once controlled vast trading networks that stretched from the Cape of Good Hope to the Indonesian archipelago, and from New York City to South America's Wild Coast. Although they came in pursuit of short-term profits, the companies left behind a legacy that can still be seen today in the cultures, and in the bloodlines, of people and communities around the world.
Shot in ten countries over the course of four years, Empire invites you to discover the human-scaled impact of the first global capitalist endeavour.
Directed and produced by Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill
Design and development by Clint Beharry, Sam Bailey and Genevieve Hoffman.
Use your mouse or your touch to flip the video
Drag to the left to spend time in the morgue
Drag to the right to spot planes
Your choices will be noted
This is the path you took.
If you could try again, what would you do differently?
A Nazi reenactment group in Indonesia.
A tombstone factory in India.
A whites-only community in South Africa.
A living god in Sri Lanka.
These are a few of the strands that form the larger narrative of Empire: Legacy.
Navigate between these four strands to discover the global web of connections that is the Dutch East India Company's legacy.
Explore a trio of intertwined stories shot in three countries that were once of key importance to the Dutch slave trade.
Empire: Migrants unearths the history of migration - both voluntary and forced - that populated a continent and transformed the world.
Two stories play out on opposite sides of the world.
In the US, a man forsakes his childhood dreams to play the part society has written for him.
In Australia, a man draws on a disputed history to create a new identity.
Watch Empire: Periphery to meet two men who are each other's reflection.
Move your mouse to rotate the world
up for the US
down for Australia
or try to find some common ground
This is the world you experienced
Try again to change your perspective