Virunga

Status: COMPLETED
2014

Peabody Award

Academy Award Nominee - Best Feature Documentary

BAFTA Best Documentary Nominee

Hot Docs - Best Emerging Director

Camden International Film Festival - Best Documentary

How did we help:
  • Development
  • Production
  • Outreach
  • Good Pitch

Completed 2014 Runtime 90


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SYNOPSIS

Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of brave individuals risking their lives to save Africa’s oldest national park in the midst of renewed civil war and a scramble for the region’s natural resources.

LONG SYNOPSIS

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 carer 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.

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 exposé of the realities of life in the Congo.

Outreach Work Supported

Community screenings in Democratic Republic of Congo around the Virunga National Park area.


What people
have said

The fights Virunga documents couldn't feel more urgent. This is one of the year's most compelling and important films.

Village Voice

Urgent investigative report and unforgettable drama, "Virunga" is a work of heart-wrenching tenderness and heart-stopping suspense.

Los Angeles Times

It's a first-rate call to action, but also a thrilling piece of filmmaking.

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