“Reeducated” is a New Yorker documentary that takes viewers inside one of Xinjiang’s “reeducation” camps, guided by the recollections of three men who were imprisoned together at the same facility. Since 2016, authorities in Xinjiang, China have implemented one of the most advanced police states in the world. By 2018, 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. Using hours of firsthand testimony and hand-drawn animation, the V.R. film reconstructs the experience of detention and political reeducation in an immersive three-dimensional space.

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Sam Wolson

Executive Producer:

Soo-Jeong Kang, Monica Racic


Ben Mauk, Sam Wolson, Nicholas Rubin, Matt Huynh

Sound Designer:

Jon Bernson


Jon Bernson

Principal Cast:

Erbaqyt Otarbai, Orynbek Koksebek, Amanzhan Seiituly, Nurbek Matzhani (English VO), Asqat Yerkimbay (English VO), Anonymous (English VO)

Additional Credits:

Research, Reporting, Story, and Project Development: Ben Mauk, Artist: Matt Huynh, Lead Animator and Technical Supervisor: Nicholas Rubin, Additional Producers: Brian Redondo, Sara Joe Wolansky, Jordin Rocchi, Assistant Animator: Oliver Carr, Lead Compositor: Noel Paul, VFX Artist: Eddy Moya, Animation Studio: Dirt Empire, Artist Assistant: MJ Steele, Transcription and Translations: Dauren Aben, Asqat Yerkimbay, Anonymous


Public Film Contact:

Sam Wolson

Publicity Contact:

Sarah Lash

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