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Virunga (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 7 November 2014 (USA)
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A group of brave individuals risk their lives to save the last of the world's mountain gorillas; in the midst of renewed civil war and a scramble for Congo's natural resources.
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Credited cast:
André Bauma ...
Himself (gorilla caretaker)
Emmanuel de Merode ...
Himself (Virunga National Park)
Mélanie Gouby ...
Herself (freelance journalist)
Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo ...
Himself (Virunga National Park)
Vianney Kazarama ...
Himself (M23 rebel spokesman)
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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. Written by Anonymous

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

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André Bauma: You must justify why you are on this earth - gorillas justify why I am here, they are my life. So if it is about dying, I will die for the gorillas.
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We Will Not Go
Music & Lyrics by J. Ralph
Performed by Salif Keita, Youssou N'Dour, Fally Ipupa, & J. Ralph
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Compulsory education
11 January 2015 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Docville festival in Leuven, Belgium. This a film festival with just documentaries. I had to choose between several movies and I'll never going to regret one second the choice I've made. I saw the mountain gorillas myself at Bwindi in Uganda so maybe my reaction is a little bit biased... The film is more than just a film about those magnificent animals. It's about how "we" cope with our resources but even more importantly how other people (e.g. the rangers) even give their lives to protect this. I wept during the film out of frustration but also out of an enormous respect for the film makers, rangers and everyone involved. I've had the chance to speak with Orlando von Einsiedel afterwards and it's one of the conversations that will stay with me forever. It's one of those movies that should be compulsory at school education, ... and a movie everyone should have in their collection!


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