A virtual reality film showcasing wildlife conservation in a remote area of Northern Kenya has emerged among the finalists in a global award.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and presented in stunning virtual reality, “My Africa” takes viewers to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Samburu County, where the community has been greatly affected by poaching.
The film has been selected in the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards that celebrates the world’s most effective science storytellers and stories. It went on to be a finalists in the Virtual Reality/360° Storytelling category for “effectively using 360 technology to advance understanding of a scientific discipline, discovery or principle”, beating over 500 other films selected.
The 10-minute VR film was commissioned by the global non-profit Conservation International (CI) with the support of US-based Tiffany & Co. Foundation. CI is supporting community-led conservation in Northern Kenya in partnership with Northern Rangeland Trust.
“The film gives viewers an up-close and 3D experience of what community-led conservation of wildlife in a remote part of Kenya is all about. Hopefully, it’ll inspire a broader support for this model of conservation across Africa and the world,” said Senior Vice President for Conservation International’s Africa Field Division Michael O’Brien-Onyeka.
It was officially released on April 30 in seven languages including English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samburu, Spanish and Swahili after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
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