Virtual reality film,”My Africa”, from Kenya is an award finalist on the 2018 JHSM list


My Africa, a virtual reality film shot somewhere in Samburu and narrated by Lupita Nyong’o, has made it to the list of 2018 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards finalist. The film, a Passion Planet Production in association with Vision 3 for Conservation International, has been selected under the “Virtual Reality/360? Storytelling” category.

The Jackson Hole Science Media Awards (JHSMA) celebrates the world’s most effective science storytellers and stories.

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JHSMA announced finalists in 20 categories spanning content, program and craft in the science media field. Award-winners will be announced at a gala celebration on September 27 in Boston as part of the Science Media Awards and Summit in the Hub (SMASH). This three-day conference, from September 25-27, will gather 300+ top scientists and science media stakeholders from around the world to share new work, new approaches and new ideas.

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The 10-minute video commissioned by the global non-profit Conservation International takes viewers to an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist.

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According to Conservation International, “the video transports viewers to the untamed rangelands of Kenya, where Lupita Nyong’o narrates the story of a young Samburu woman named Naltwasha Leripe. Through tending livestock daily, digging “singing” wells deep into dry riverbanks or rescuing a baby elephant orphaned by a poacher’s gun, Naltwasha reveals a world in which the futures of wildlife and people are intertwined.”

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My Africa tells the story of thundering wildebeest, baby elephants and a community devoted to saving Africa’s wildlife.

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The other finalists in the Virtual Reality category include:

Greenland Melting – A short documentary about the melting glaciers of Greenland.

The Protectors – The story that follows the lives of rangers from Garamba National Park.

This is climate change: Fire – A video series about climate change specifically fire.


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