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«Reeducated» takes viewers inside one of Xinjiang’s «reeducation» camps, guided by the recollections of three men who were imprisoned together at the same facility. Using over a dozen hours of first hand testimony, brush and ink animation and ambisonic sound, the VR film reconstructs the experience of detention and political reeducation. As many as a million people were held in a vast network of «reeducation centers». It is likely the largest mass-internment drive of ethnic and religious minorities since the Second World War. The film was supported by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Eyebeam and The Online News Association. The film was the winner of a 2022 Peabody and Emmy for Outstanding Interactive Media.

Sam Wolson

Erbaqyt Otarbai, Orynbek Koksebek, Amanzhan Seituly

Project Development:
Ben Mauk, Sam Wolson

Matt Huynh

Research and Reporting:
Ben Mauk

Executive Producers:
Soo-Jeong Kang, Monica Racic

Lead Animator and Technical Supervisor:
Nicholas Rubin / Dirt Empire

Jon Bernson

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VR, Immersive Documentary

«Reeducated» won the 2022 Emmy Award for «Outstanding Interactive Media» and 2022 Peabody award.

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Still «Reeducated» by Sam Wolson & team. © Matt Huynh.
Still «Reeducated» by Sam Wolson & team. © Matt Huynh.
Still «Reeducated» by Sam Wolson & team. © Matt Huynh.
Still «Reeducated» by Sam Wolson & team. © Matt Huynh.