Cuban Missile Crisis turns 50, becomes Interactive Documentary
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library is commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis this week with an interactive documentary containing – besides a two-hour film – photos, letters, newspaper clippings, and speeches.
Called Clouds over Cuba, the film is divided into five sections with a corner icon containing all supplemental material. That icon, your ‘dossier’, slowly fills up with 187 items – memos to the president, speeches, pictures from the USSR, etc. – as they’re mentioned in the film.
The best feature: you can sync the documentary with iCal or Google Calendars and find much of that content spread out before you, according to the day and time of their importance. This can be very useful, as toggling between a movie and each dossier item as it unlocks becomes tiresome after a few minutes.