Guardians of the Kingdom An Immersive Virtual Reality Experience
A future of hope for the Kingdom of Tonga
The Guardians of the Kingdom VR experience explores the links between humans and whales. It is an interwoven story of two mothers — one human, one whale — and the connections that bind them. It is the story of reconciliation between a giant who was once hunted and the people of the Kingdom of Tonga. It is the story of a place called home for generations by both the whales and the Tongans. It is a love story above and below of the Kingdom of Tonga.
Guardians of the Kingdom is the inspiring story of a richly vivid and dramatic legacy inherited by a mother in the waters of the Kingdom of Tonga and passed on to future generations. It is the story of a kingdom once torn apart that is now reconnecting the creatures from the land and sea for a common future together in the shared place they call home.
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“Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.”
- Written and Directed by SOPHIE ANSEL & CHRISTOPHE BAILHACHE
- Executive Producer JODY ALLEN
- Executive Producer RUTH JOHNSTON
- Executive Producer PATRICK FURLOTTI
- Executive Producer LEE CHOO BOO
- Executive Producer TRACEY TAYLOR
- Producers RAYMOND CHAVEZ & MATT MILIOS
- Production Manager KIM NYHOUS
- Associate Producers SUSAN GRELLA, LORNA PARRY, ADRIAN MIDWOOD
- Narrators SYLVIA EARLE & FINAU MOLISI
- Animation by SPINIFEX
- With the participation of composer MARK COLLIN
In the depths of the Kingdom of Tonga, Tofua’a, a Humpback whale, is born. The Kingdom of Tonga is his nursery where his mother Moana will spend the next 4 months passing on the legacy of his lineage and community—a legacy that has been passed on from generation to generation since the beginning of time. In the nearby village lives an old Tongan fisherman, Kalafi, one of the last whale hunters. He has passed his love for the ocean to his daughter Finau, teaching her the sacred relationship that Tongan people have had with whales for generations. Finau, who is now a mother, transformed her fear of whales into a deep connection that is key in creating a future of hope for the Kingdom of Tonga.
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