Sam Wolson

Produced by “The New Yorker”, this VR documentary takes viewers inside one of Xinjiang’s ‘reeducation’ camps. Since 2016, authorities in the autonomous Chinese province have implemented one of the most advanced police states in the world. By 2018, as many as one 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. Using hours of first-hand testimony, combined with hand-drawn animation, the recollections of three former inmates imprisoned in the same facility guide us, reconstructing the experience of detention and political reeducation in an immersive three-dimensional space.


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Running time 20 minutes
Lead Artist / Director Sam Wolson
Development Sam Wolson, Ben Mauk
Artist Matt Huynh
Research & Reporting Ben Mauk
Executive Producer Soo-Jeong Kang, Monica Racic
Lead Animator & Technical Supervisor Nicholas Rubin
Producers Ben Mauk, Sam Wolson, Nicholas Rubin, Matt Huynh
Sound Design / Composer Jon Bernson
Assistant Animator Oliver Carr
Lead Compositor Noel Paul
VFX  Artist Eddy Moya
Animation Studio Dirt Empire

USA / Kasachstan, 2021