Arlington, Va. (July 13, 2018) – "My Africa", the latest virtual reality project from Conservation International, has been shortlisted
for VR Film of the Year for the VR Awards 2018, taking place this October in London, England. Organized by VR Bound, the VR Awards 2018 celebrate achievement involving immersive technology.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning and Kenyan-raised actress Lupita Nyong'o, "My Africa" transports viewers to an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist.
Directed by four-time Emmy winner David Allen, the project was captured with virtual reality cameras in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County of northern Kenya at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary,
the first elephant orphanage in Africa owned and operated by the local community. In a region where wealthy outsiders have traditionally pursued conservation, Reteti, and the surrounding conservancy organization, Northern Rangelands Trust, offer a different model — one grounded in local leadership and traditional knowledge.
Produced by Passion Planet in association with Vision3 and with the support of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, "My Africa" received additional support for distribution from glassybaby.
"My Africa" is viewable in the WITHIN app
and in 360-degree video at conservation.org/MyAfrica
. The film is available in seven languages: English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samburu, Spanish and Swahili. About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International
, the groundbreaking "Nature Is Speaking" campaign
and its series of virtual reality projects: "My Africa"
, "Under the Canopy"
and "Valen's Reef."
Follow Conservation International's work on our Human Nature blog
, and YouTube