Kathryn Bigelow's virtual reality film to debut at Tribeca

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Kathryn Bigelow's virtual reality film to debut at Tribeca

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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2013 file photo, Kathryn Bigelow arrives at the 65th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles. The Tribeca Film Festival announced Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 that Bigelow’s virtual-reality film, “The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes,” will be a part of its annual April festival. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Kathryn Bigelow's virtual-reality debut will premiere at next year's Tribeca Film Festival.

Tribeca announced Thursday that Bigelow's "The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger's Shoes," will be a part of its annual April festival. The 8-minute film, made with the National Geographic Channel, is about African rangers protecting elephants from ivory poachers.

In a statement, Bigelow urged the protection of "these magnificent and sentient creatures."

Bigelow, the director of the Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," last made 2012's controversial "Zero Dark Thirty." She is currently in post-production on an untitled feature about the 1967 riot in Detroit.

The Tribeca Film Festival will run April 19-30.

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