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The Black Friday report is a collaboration between Forensic Architecture and Amnesty International. It aims to provide a detailed reconstruction of the events in Rafah, Gaza, from 1-4 August 2014, based primarily on material found on social media.
Because our investigation team was denied access to Gaza, Forensic Architecture developed a number of techniques aimed to reconstruct the events from hundreds of images and videos recorded by professional and citizen journalists. The images were thereafter located in a 3D model of Rafah. This resulted in the Image Complex, a device that allowed us to explore the spatial and temporal connections between the various sources and reconstruct the events as they unfolded.
Forensic Architecture has also located witness testimonies, delivered after the war, within this 3D model and corroborated the reported events with other audio-visual material. Where the metadata of image material was missing or inadequate, we used time indicators such as observed shadows or bomb clouds to locate sources in space and time.
The report is a part of a long term collaboration between Forensic Architecture and Amnesty International and has also resulted in the Gaza Platform.
Read the report: blackfriday.amnesty.org/
Read more: forensic-architecture.org/case/rafah-black-friday/
View the platform: gazaplatform.amnesty.org/
Inquiries contact: info [at] forensic-architecture.org/