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Virunga (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 7 November 2014 (USA)
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A team of brave individuals risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas.
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Credited cast:
... Himself (gorilla caretaker)
Emmanuel de Merode ... Himself (Virunga National Park)
... 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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The tenth Netflix original documentary. See more »

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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
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Performed by Salif Keita, Youssou N'Dour, Fally Ipupa, & J. Ralph
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The Congo
19 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

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.

We start with a broad overview of Congo history, and how outsiders helped ruined it. Unfortunately, as we soon find out, this is not just ancient history. We also see a British oil company's disregard for a World Heritage Site, and the human-gorilla interaction of those pledged to save it.

Sheri Linden described Virunga as an "urgent investigative report and unforgettable drama... a work of heart-wrenching tenderness and heart-stopping suspense". Beautifully put, Ms. Linden. Few people know much about the Congo, and this should open their eyes to how the people (and animals) are still being affected by colonization today.


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