First-time feature documentary director Orlando von Einseidel has crafted an “extraordinary” (Variety) and “heart-stopping” (IndieWire) film of “stunning” (The Wrap) beauty and raw power that examines a crisis in the Congo as the interests of big oil, poachers, and an armed militia conflict with the last habitat of the planet’s sole remaining mountain gorillas.
VIRUNGA is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world’s forgotten and a gripping expose of the realities of life in the Congo. In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the 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 Belgian 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 in May 2012, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they’ve worked so hard to protect.
WEBSITE | http://www.VirungaMovie.com
TWITTER | @VirungaMovie
DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER, PRODUCER | Orlando von Einsiedel
PRODUCER | Joanna Natasegara
EDITOR | Masahiro Hirakubo
CINEMATOGRAPHERS | Franklin Dow; Orlando von Einsiedel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS | Howard G. Buffett, CEO Howard G Buffett Foundation; Jon Drever; Maxyne Franklin; Jess Search
COMPOSER | Patrick Jonsson
IMPACT PRODUCER | Joanna Natasegara
ASSISTANT PRODUCER | Patrick Vernon
LENGTH | 97 minutes