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360-Degree Documentary Places Audiences Among Those Protecting Elephants

"The influence of [Kathryn] Bigelow, a cinematic action filmmaker of the highest order, expresses itself on more than a few occasions." 7/10/2017 11:15 PM Eastern

Directed by Imraan Ismail and Kathryn Bigelow, "The Protectors, Walk in the Ranger's Shoes," chronicles a day in the life of a ranger in Garamba National Park, managed by African Parks, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"A philanthropic effort to raise awareness and funding for the work of African Parks and Enough!, two NGOs that work to shut down the international trade of ivory, 'The Protectors,' like so much of VR content right now, is hit and miss, but undoubtedly benefits from the kinetic visual eye of [director Kathryn] Bigelow," explains Jason Sondhi.

"The influence of Bigelow, a cinematic action filmmaker of the highest order, expresses itself on more than a few occasions. Rapid z-axis movement of the camera through grass is exhilarating, and a scene where a helicopter drop occurs directly overhead is a stunner, providing a sensation that no 2D film can recreate. The emotional climax of the film, a scene beside a dead and decaying elephant, tusks removed, is heartbreakingly composed, and accomplishes the project's goal of imparting in the viewer a feeling of immense sadness and outrage. If the project's mission strikes a chord with you, continue through to their website to see how you can help the cause." To read more about the film, click here.

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