Palestinian workers line up in order to pass the Israeli checkpoint in Bethlehem, on the West Bank; some climb up the fence, forming a parallel line in midair. Photo by Lalo de Almeida/Folhapress

A World of Walls

Award-winning special feature about walls that divide countries, territories and families around the world


June 2017


Folha de S.Paulo


Folha's Interactive Journalism team


Coding & Design


Folha's heavy-duty journalistic effort to tell the story about these physical barriers needed a high-quality website to display stunning photography, videomaking, and infographics.

With heavy focus on photography and video documentaries, 'A World of Walls' is an award-winning feature from Folha de S.Paulo. From it's summary:

A more and more interconnected world is raising walls and fences to keep out those it considers undesirable. The number of physical barriers that existed in 2001 was 17: the figure has presently jumped up to 70.

Some of them reinforce borders. Others divide the same population. Some seek to stop the refugee flow. Others hide poverty. Or fear. Or war. Or inequality. Or climate change.

Folha went to four different continents to uncover what - and who - lies behind them.

Infographics example from A World of Walls feature
Infographics example from A World of Walls feature
Infographics example from A World of Walls feature

'A World of Walls' is available in Portuguese, English and Spanish



The main issues with this project was the heavy reliance on photography and video formats. We had to work around Folha's technology demands and develop a mosaic-esque scheme for the pictures — beautifully handpicked — and ways to display 360º and regular videos with different looks and impacts on performance.

Working together with editors, journalists and photographers, the digital team had a big part in mixing text, images and videos together, making a probable masterpiece in journalism.

Read more about the technical issues found in Folha's special features reporting in the Climate Crisis project.

* Cover photo by Lalo de Almeida/Folhapress

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