Kenya's virtual film set in remote region of Samburu featuring award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o bags global award

The nine minute film emerged top in the Virtual Reality/360° Storytelling category for “effectively using 360 technology and resources to advance an appreciation or understanding of a scientific discipline, discovery or principle.”

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  • The film, narrated by the Kenya’s award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o, is among the winners of the annual award that showcase the world’s most effective science storytellers and stories.
  • The stunning virtual reality film transports viewers to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Samburu County, where local community members rescue and nurture injured and orphaned baby elephants before returning them to the wild after gaining strength.

This follows a virtual reality film titled "My Africa" highlighting how a community in Samburu County is leading the conservation of threatened wildlife in an area with a dark history of poaching winning the annual Jackson Hole Science Media Awards

The film, narrated by the Kenya’s award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o, is among the winners of the annual award that showcase the world’s most effective science storytellers and stories.

The stunning virtual reality film transports viewers to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Samburu County, where local community members rescue and nurture injured and orphaned baby elephants before returning them to the wild after gaining strength.

The sanctuary, which is inside the 394,000-hectare wildlife-rich Namunyak Community Conservancy also supports local employment, education and security.

At the centre of the film is Naltwasha Leripe, a young woman from the Samburu community who lets in into the community's daily life, tending livestock, digging "singing" wells deep into dry riverbanks and rescuing an orphaned baby elephant.

"My Africa" was produced for Conservation International by Passion Planet in association with Vision3 while distribution support was provided by glassy baby. It was directed by David Allen

More than 500 film entries from around the world competed for 22 categories with over 100 international judges choosing the winners.

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