Thomas Lievestro

App/Web Designer & Developer, Interaction Designer and Project Manager based in Amsterdam.

Selected Works

Currently Working On

Transmedia documentary about the process of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda

The year 2014 marks 20 years since the Rwandan genocide. Hate campaigns in the media played a central role. Today, popular radio soap ‘Musekeweya’ broadcasts a message of reconciliation on the same frequency that in 1994 incited the population to kill. Love Radio tells the story of Musekeweya, ‘New Dawn’, that was created to prevent new outbursts of violence.

About the concept

Love Radio consists of a web documentary, a television documentary, tappable stories for smartphones, several publications and an exhibition that was exhibit in Foam and The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Love Radio combines film with photography, audio, text and archive material. Over the space of 100 days from April to June 2014 – the duration of the genocide exactly 20 years ago – a new episode was added every other week. The project straddles the thin line between fact and fiction. At first glance it tells a linear, almost fairy-tale narrative. But a closer look reveals the complex reality beneath.

Mobile experience

Smartphone visitors were immersed in intimate short tap stories especially designed to be enjoyed while on the move. Over the periode of 100 days we published 7 different stories.

A story unfold itself by tapping on the screen. With every tap, a little bit of the story shows.

Meet the team
  • Concept: Eefje Blankevoort, Anoek Steketee
  • Directors: Eefje Blankevoort, Anoek Steketee
  • Film & photography: Anoek Steketee
  • Text & audio recording: Eefje Blankevoort
  • Transmedia concept: Eefje Blankevoort, Anoek Steketee, Sara Kolster, Kummer & Herrman
  • Visual identity and design: Kummer & Herrman
  • Interactive design: Sara Kolster & Thomas Lievestro
  • Technical realisation: Thijs Gadiot, Martijn Eerens, Thomas Lievestro
  • Project coordination: Sara Kolster
  • Press and communication: Laura Verduijn
  • Editing: Eefje Blankevoort, Maurik de Ridder
  • Music: Roald van Oosten
  • Audio correction: Björn Warning
  • Colour correction: Maurik de Ridder
  • Narration: Michael Harrigan
  • Translation: Cecily Layzell
  • Translation Rwanda: Christophe Ndahimana
  • Translation French: Frédérique Destribats
  • Editorial advice On Air: Kees Roorda
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