Deep in the rainforests of eastern Congo lies Virunga, Africa's oldest national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the last remaining home of the mountain gorilla. With a brutal civil war creeping ever closer the park is under threat like never before. A team of Congolese rangers, led by a Belgian conservationist, are the only barrier against the armed militia groups and foreign corporate interests seeking control of the parks rich natural resources. Virunga tells the riveting story of the effort to protect the national park's borders and the extraordinary creatures living within it.
Director Orlando von Einsiedel's first feature sheds light on a part of Africa the world has forgotten, it is a galvanising call to action focused on a political and environmental topic that continues to grip the Congo.
What the audience said
'Fantastic achievement. Great to see documentaries of this nature showcased. Well done!'
'Brilliant. Will continue to follow DocHouse'
'Amazing, one of the best I've seen in a long time.'
'Fantastic, very thought provoking and touching film. Inspired and moved. Thank you.'
'Overwhelmed and motivated to do something to help.'
'What an amazing and moving story. A timely, inspiring way to make a difference through sharing facts and stories. All involved should be so proud.'
'Powerful, throught provoking, beautiful.'
WHERE CAN I SEE IT AGAIN?
For a list of upcoming screenings you can visit the film's website HERE.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
If you have seen the film and would like to take action, below are a few ways from the Virunga website to get involved:
1. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE PARK AND THE FILM
Really, it's that simple. Tweet, post, blog, pin, whatever about the film and the issues at its heart. The further we can spread the word about what SOCO International are doing in eastern Congo the better chance we have to stop them. Here are all of the handles and hashtags to help you:
Twitter: @virungamovie - Be sure to include #Virunga #TeamVirunga in your tweets.
2. SIGN UP TO THIS WEBSITE
Please sign up to our website with your email address so that we can keep you updated on new developments related to the issues at stake or things you can do to help protect Virunga National Park.
Sign up HERE
The Virunga National Park needs continued support and funding. We would ask anyone who has been moved by the issues in the film or who wants to help support the brave rangers of Virunga in their vital work to visit the park's own website and donate directly to them:
4. CHECK YOUR INVESTMENTS
Whether you have a lot of money or just a little, you may be surprised to know some of that may be invested into SOCO International. Check your investment portfolios and assets but also your pension funds. Many of them will tie into SOCO probably without you even knowing. You can write to the company and ask them if they intend to really stay away from Virunga forever and what they will be doing to safeguard the park for the future.
CONTACT THE FILMMAKERS
If you have comments, thoughts or ideas that you would like to share with the filmmakers you can you can contact them through the film's website HERE.
Winner: International Emerging Director, Hot Docs, 2014
Winner: Best Feature Documentary, DOXA Film Festival, 2014
Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, 2014