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The Cronulla Riots of 2005 scared many Australians. After a fight between lifeguards and beachgoers, mobs of white supremacist Australians assaulted Middle Eastern Australians near Cronulla beach. Soon after, retaliators attacked individuals at random. Australia’s public broadcaster SBS has brought significant clarity to these confusing events through its interactive documentary, Cronulla Riots: The Day That Shocked the Nation. The hour-long documentary is split into nine chapters with a convenient navigation bar and pop-up quotations and poll questions that lead users to eight theme pages, including media, racism and the law. Once they’ve digested the extra information, users can easily navigate back to their previous spot in the documentary. More than 150 additional videos, 16 picture galleries and 32 feature stories offer additional context. To reveal these extra features, webs animate out from theme titles, and ambient audio changes subtly depending on the users’ proximity to the themes. By providing a better understanding of why the riots occurred, the SBS team say they hope to help avoid riots like this in the future.
sbs.com.au/cronullariots

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