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Canadian Museum of Human Rights

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Canada's newest National Museum, opened in fall 2014. With a mandate to build mutual respect and encourage reflection, the Museum and its exhibits bring human rights to life in new and compelling ways.

Bruce Mau Design was asked to create the Debate Circle—an interactive video exhibit that engages visitors in a narrative decision-making experience around ten landmark Canadian human rights cases. Each video is interspersed with "decision points" that invite participants to weigh-in with their opinions on the issue.

The BMD team researched each case, structured the narrative, and crafted the storyboards, scripts, visual style, and interactive graphics for each video. Keeping with the Museum's storytelling approach of using original artifacts and archival materials, BMD embarked on an extensive discovery process to uncover and collect historical footage, documents, and media coverage associated with each case. 

The result is a series of uniquely human stories told in the voices of those at the heart of each case, balanced in opposing perspectives, and layered with context about the legal issues at play. This approach connects across audiences by humanizing these sensitive topics and making the decision points feel relevant and relatable to each viewer.

Watermarked images © Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 2014.