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d924501cc4aa737aef140f8a2b60c93fWith virtual reality film-making on the rise across the global entertainment landscape, National Geographic is doing its part to encourage the use of VR documentaries in telling important stories about important causes.

In 1980, UNESCO named Garamba National Park a World Heritage Site for being unmatched in its biodiversity.

Today, it’s ground zero in the fight to save the largest population of elephants in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where rangers are the last line of defense in a race against extinction at the hands of poachers slaughtering elephants for their ivory tusks, a provided statement explains.

Now, National Geographic Documentary Films takes viewers “to the front lines of Garamba alongside the rangers who face constant danger and even death while protecting elephants from heavily militarized and incentivized poachers.”

Shot entirely in virtual reality and directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) with two-time Emmy nominee and VR creator Imraan Ismail, The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes will premiere at Tribeca Immersive’s Virtual Arcade beginning April 21.

“National Geographic has been protecting the planet for 129 years and inspiring others to do the same through text, photos, videos and, increasingly, VR,” said Rachel Webber, executive vice president of digital product for National Geographic. “The Protectors transports audiences to the heart of the ivory conflict, witnessing the battle between destruction and preservation firsthand.”

We’re told that following its Tribeca run, the film will be released exclusively on Within, the premiere distributor of VR content, on May 1 and on YouTube and Facebook360 starting May 8. For more information, click here.


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