THE ARK

The Ark (Tribeca Film Festival 2016) is a revolutionary virtual reality project that puts viewers face to face with the last three northern white rhinos on earth.

The northern white rhinoceros is the most endangered animal on earth. Only two remain, and they are protected at all times by armed bodyguards. The Ark is a VR documentary that puts viewers eye-to-eye with the last northern white rhinos, and tells the story of the global coalition of scientists who are fighting to rescue the species from extinction.

Winner of the 2015 Tim Hetherington Visionary Award, and distributed by Hulu.

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This documentary allows viewers to get up close to the last surviving members of a critically endangered species, inventing a revolutionary new use case for VR in the process: The ability to revisit things that may not be around for much longer.
— Wired
 
Like Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams — a documentary that uses 3D to give viewers an approximation of what it’s like to spend time looking at the 32,000-year-old cave paintings in France’s Chauvet Cave, which has long been closed to the public — The Ark is poised to be a valuable cultural document in its own right, establishing a permanent record of an animal that’s almost gone.
— The Week
Jongsma + O’Neill are great thinkers with a strong independent streak, and their latest work cuts against the grain of much contemporary immersive storytelling by creating an elegantly simple vision that is both bracingly beautiful and refreshingly stark.
— Kamal Sinclair, Director, Sundance New Frontier Labs Program