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Virunga

Consider This. Only 880 Mountain Gorillas Remain in the World.

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.

Director(s): Orlando von Einsiedel
Script: Orlando von Einsiedel
Production: Grain Media, Violet Films, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joanna Natasegara
Music: Patrick Jonsson
Actors: André Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, Vianney Kazarama
 
Year: 2014
Duration: 100 min
Our age recommendation: 14
Language (audio): French, English, Swahili
Country of origin: United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Shooting Locations: Democratic Republic of the Congo
 

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Main topic(s): Human Potential Natural Resources & Mining
Secondary topics: africa biodiversity fossil fuel courage tourism wilderness wildlife
Mentions: gorillas Congo national park war commodity virunga rebels gorilla ranger poachers poaching
Topic Page(s): Natural Resources & Mining Human Potential

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