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.

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.”

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

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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