Kenyan set film titled My Africa narrated by Lupita Nyong’o has won a global award. The nine-minute film won in the Virtual Reality/360° Storytelling category of the Jackson Hole Media Awards for “effectively using 360 technology and resources to advance an appreciation or understanding of a scientific discipline, discovery or principle.”
The virtual reality film highlights how a community in the semi-arid Samburu County helps to conserve wildlife that is endangered by the poaching menace. It features the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary where community members are involved with rescuing and nurturing injuring injured and orphaned young elephants which are then taken back to the wild once they regain strength. In the storyline, a young woman by the name Naltwasha Leripe brings to the fore her community life of tending livestock and digging ‘singing’ wells along dry river banks as she rescues baby elephants.
Read: Legend of Dahomey Warriors: Lupita and Davis to StarThe film was released worldwide 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. Lupita Nyong’o shot to the world hall of fame following her Academy award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014 for her role in Twelve Years a Slave. She has also co-starred in blockbuster fantasy movie Black Panther which is among the highest grossing movies in the history of film.
The Jackson Hole awards recognize the most effective science stories and storytellers in the world. My Africa is a project by the Conservation International produced by Passion Planet and directed by David Allen. More than 500 films competed for the top honours in the 22 categories of the awards.