The aim of this project is to let people know about Reunion Island, which is an amazing french island off the coast of Madagascar. This island is unknown by most of australians and other people in the world even after it became part of the World Heritage list in 2010.

This list is made by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization which is the World Heritage Convention. The documentary aims to explore the island and its beautiful landscapes but also to explain how it got its name on the list. However, before any explanation and description of  the project I need to tell you more about UNESCO.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is known to create the good conditions for a global dialogue among all civilizations, cultures and peoples. Their missions are to achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing mutual respect, alleviation of poverty and observance of human rights. In 1994, the World Heritage Committee which is part of UNESCO launched the Global Strategy for a representative, balanced and credible World Heritage List. This list aims to reflect the world’s cultural and natural diversity of outstanding universal value. Furthermore, this program goes beyond the definition of heritage, it also strives to protect and recognize sites which are outstanding demonstrations of human coexistence with the land.

For instance, some part of Australia are in this World Heritage List like Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and seventeen other amazing sites.

UNESCO’s criteria to be on the list are based on representing a masterpiece of human creativity, exhibiting an important interchange of human values, bearing a unique testimony to a cultural tradition or civilization, being an outstanding example of a type of building or landscape which illustrates a stage in human history, being an example of human settlement which is representative of a culture, being associated with events or living traditions, containing superlative natural phenomena or areas of natural beauty, representing major stages of earth’s history, representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of different ecosystems and plants or animals and finally, containing the most important natural habitat for in-situ conservation of biological diversity.


The audience will be focused on two main groups: those who live on Reunion Island and those who are interesting in this subject. This documentary is also aiming tourists, middle-age adults who travel and are interesting in Reunion island. Specifically, aiming to australians interested in traveling.

Interface Design: 

The homepage will be designed as a map of Reunion Island with points linked to sites and cities. On the right side, you will see a backpack on which you can click to open. Then, you will find the menu of the documentary and information about Reunion Island and UNESCO. In this backpack you will find the different parts of the documentary which are: Introduction, UNESCO/ World Heritage, Interviews and some facts about Reunion Island and its traditions.

This picture illustrates the idea of the 3D map, the view will go up to see the all  island with the names of the cities and the points to click on.


If you click on the points on the map the view will zoom into the place you choose with a 3D view for an interactive tour of the island. In this 3D view, you will see pictures of people living there and pictures of historical sites. By clicking on these pictures, you will be directed to either photos or videos with text, for sites, and interview which tell you about people’s stories. You can also find some audios about traditional music in few places where tradition celebrations take places. These contents will help to understand the characters, history and the geographic reasons of Reunion Island’s place in the World Heritage List.

Few of the places’ links will be in red to show that these ones are part of the World Heritage list, you will find  the legend of the map in the backpack.


The content of the documentary is concentrated around Reunion Island’s landscapes to help understand how did it got in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. However my interests are also around Reunion Island’s history and its population.

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The people who will be interviewed are those who lived on the island for a long time and those who lived in the parts of the island which are part of UNESCO.

Example of sydneysider interviewed after her trip to reunion island:

In the documentary, you can go around all the island but some of the places will be more detailed because they are the reasons of Reunion Island being part of the list. These places will have pictures, videos and text analyzing its history.

For instance, surf is part of the culture in Reunion Island and one of the most popular sport, the island is known for its best surf spots.


Surf Reunion Island

I am interested in showing the unique community and history of Reunion Island and to do so I have to focus on the different communities of the island. These communities are from ten different places of three different continent. The different countries that reunionese come from are Africa (Mozambique), France, China, India, Madagascar, Pakistan and the Comores. We can say that Reunion Island is a “Melting Pot”, a rainbow of nation island.

I also have to focus on its history which is part of the reasons of its place in the list. Reunion Island’s history is based on slavery, pirates and mix of cultures so to illustrates these I am going to use short videos, pictures and some links to websites who focused on one part of reunion island’s history : Reunion Island’s pirate: La Buse

My aim is to let the world and australians know about this amazing place which is like Australia, a unique mix of culture in one island.


The audio used in this documentary will be locations sounds and they will be used as backgrounds noises for the home pages of each places. The sounds will mainly be the beach, the forest, birds, trees and they will be on when you click on the buttons. However, there will be a background sound of the beach when you arrive to the main page, the map of Reunion Island, it will also be used as a general background noise as part of the interactive tour.

In some places of the island celebrations are held so the music of these celebrations will play when you click on the places. There will be the opportunity to activate or deactivate the sounds.

Traditional celebrations in Reunion Island: 

Social Media aspect:

Social Media including Facebook, Twitter and WordPress will be incorporated in the documentary to let people share their experience. It can help people from the island and those who live in Australia to communicate and share their different experiences into the documentary and in the island. They can also leave the documentary and come back to wherever they were, as it is made as a trip, by connecting their social media accounts.

The World Heritage list of UNESCO

How did Reunion island became a National Park of UNESCO ? 

Reunion Island formed a rugged and dramatic landscape of beauty dominated by two volcanoes, the dormant Piton des Neiges and the highly active Piton de la Fournaise.

This island is Mother Earth in micro, there are tropical beaches, high peaks, volcanoes and forests. The Pitons, remparts (massive walls, rugged terrain, escarpments) and cirques (forested gorges, basins, natural amphitheaters) of Reunion harbours the most valuable natural habitats and the species and protects keys parts of a recognized global centre of plant diversity. There are subtropical rainforest, heaths and cloud forests which are creating a magnificent mosaic of ecosystems and landscape features.

The status of National Park provides a legal framework to ensure the protection of the property. This property is subject to a range of threats like invasive alien species and losses of many native species. Now that Reunion Island is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage, it is protected. They help to reduce invasions, to control and eradicate invasive aliens species which require long-term efforts and ongoing funding.

Australia: Part of the World Heritage List of UNESCO

In Australia, there are many places which are part of the World Heritage list like the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park, Wilandra Lakes region, Uluru, Shark Bay, Fraser island, Greater Blue Mountains, Sydney Opera house, Australian Convict sites etc. The particularity of all those places is that they all are sites of remarkable variety and beauty which are unique in the world.


My inspiration comes from my childhood, I grew up in Reunion Island and I felt the need to educate people about this little paradise. The reasons why are because when I came to Australia, I realized that no one knew about the island, about our culture and our way of life. Many people associates Reunion Island to Africa which is a mistake because they are very different and it is not part of Africa but France. The documentary is based on Reunion Island being part of the World Heritage because showing how beautiful and amazing is the island attract people’s attention. It also demonstrates that Reunion Island is one of the most unique, beautiful and interesting part of the world like Uluru or the Great Barrier Reef. In general, people are asking unusual questions about the island and life over there, they always think that I live in trees and don’t have internet…. These ideas are so far from the reality and the world should know about  it. In Australia, I found one episode of the Tv Show Getaway talking about Reunion Island but that was the only time they mentioned it.

Australian Tv show Getaway came to Reunion Island.


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In this small wireframe (screen shot…) I tried to illustrates how the documentary will be made. In the centre you can see the 3D map which will have buttons and will turn around. Then, if you click on one button you will see another 3D view of the sites you choose with pictures, videos and text. On the right side, you can see the backpack where you can find all the content of the documentary. There are also social media links like Facebook and Twitter on the left.

Further comment:

This documentary could be hard  to make because of the 3D view of the places and the island. However,  I am sure someone will be able to make it like the documentary “The Block”. This assignment really  inspired me as I am from this place and I wish it could get the credit it deserves. Reunion Island is a National Park part of the World Heritage and a melting pot of so many cultures. Like Australia, it is an amazing island but a lot smaller which makes it hard to know about.


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