Hillary Clinton Made A Surprise Appearance At The Tribeca Film Festival To Talk About Elephant Poaching

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Kathryn Bigelow’s latest project, before her full-length move Detroit bows this August, is a VR short for National Geographic titled The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes. It’s the first project of this type for the award-winning director and to promote a conversation about the film’s subject matter she appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival for a screening of the film, during which the audience got to experience it in virtual reality along with the panelists.

The Protectors is a project “filmed deep in the Congo and shot in virtual reality to immerse viewers in the dangerous reality of those who risk their lives to protect elephants from poachers slaughtering the animals for their ivory tusks,” thereby working not only to prove how important it is to protect elephants but also to show how hard people work to save populations in Africa.

During the panel, Bigelow, who has recently focused on stories of war and unrest, said of the film that she “realized that there was an intersection between poaching and terrorism” but that rather than just putting the film together and leaving it at that she considered how to “activate the audience” and “engage the viewer with a call to action.” Seeing as poachers kill 30,000 elephants or more each year, the call to action piece of this project is more important than ever and based on the surprise panel guest, Bigelow isn’t the only high-profile woman who knows how important stopping poaching is.

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