Reeducated, a virtual reality documentary that was part of the Pulitzer Center-supported project Survival in Xinjiang, won a special jury recognition for immersive journalism at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival Jury Awards.
Reeducated, from The New Yorker, tells the story of three men imprisoned in the same camp in Xinjiang, China. Through illustration and testimony, the reporting uncovers brutal practices being used against Turkic minorities in Xinjiang.
“It’s a striking piece of 360 cinema that makes a clear argument for the unique affordances of immersive formats for telling stories, establishing a powerful logic and vocabulary through the use of composition, scale, pace, and perspective,” the jury commented about the project.
A full list of this year’s winners can be found here.