NOTES FROM THE FILMMAKERS
In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas.
In this wild, but enchanted, environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers – including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a caretaker of orphan gorillas, and a dedicated conservationist – protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers, and the dark forces struggling to control Congo’s rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they’ve worked so hard to protect, with the filmmakers and the film’s participants caught in the crossfire.
A powerful combination of investigative journalism and nature documentary, Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of courageous people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world’s forgotten, and a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Congo.
About the Filmmakers
This film was produced by A Grain Media and directed by Orlando Von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara. Find out more about the film at virungamovie.com.
“A new documentary titled “Virunga” exposes the behind-the-scenes skulduggery that occurs when the worlds of conservation and oil collide. Two days before the film’s New York premiere in April, De Mérode, who has vigorously protected the park and its animals and opposes drilling, was ambushed and shot four times. Incredibly, he survived and lives on to fight the battle.” – Amanda Jones. LA Times. Mountain gorillas could be at risk in Virunga National Park, Congo. 30 May 2014
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