Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is on the world radar again after her Virtual Reality Film “My Africa” shot in Kenya among finalists in a global science media award.
The film, showcasing community-led wildlife conservation in Samburu County, Northern Kenya has been selected as a finalist in the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards.
The award ceremony celebrates the most effective science storytellers and stories in the world.
The short film narrated by the Kenyan raised sensation (Ms Nyong’o), was voted a finalist 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.”
Conservation International’s CEO and Executive Producer of the film Dr Sanjayan says Virtual Reality filming offers a new way of telling stories about nature and conservation to reach new audiences in order to grow a broader support for conservation.
“Virtual reality can give viewers that in-depth experience that is so needed to build empathy and, we hope, inspire action,” Dr Sanjayan said.
More than 500 film entries from around the world competed for the various categories with over 100 international judges screening an aggregated 1,250 hours of media in order to select the finalists.
The final winners of the film award will be announced in August at a gala awards celebration in Boston, US during the 2018 Science Media Awards & Summit in the Hub.
The film enables an up-close experience of the life of the local community through a young Samburu woman named Naltwasha Leripe who takes viewers through her community’s daily life, tending livestock, digging wells deep into dry riverbanks and rescuing an orphaned baby elephant.
It was released worldwide on April 30, 2018 in seven languages including English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samburu, Spanish and Swahili after premiering at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
The Hollywood actress and Oscar award winner made a surprise visit to her home in Kisumu in May, throwing the lake side town into a spin.
Lupita, accompanied by aides and a group of investors, flew to the lakeside town under a cloud of secrecy and caught town residents off-guard.
She met her father – Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o – at a closed-door meeting with investors keen on supporting Kenyan artists.
The media was, however, blocked by her private security from taking photos or interviewing the superstar.