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Virunga

✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭   Read critic reviews

United Kingdom, Congo

2014

1h 30m

Director Orlando von Einsiedel

Starring André Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo

Genre Documentary, War

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Virunga, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is Africa’s oldest national park, but it is also a contested ground where insurgents seek to topple a profit-hungry government. Here, journalists and rangers take it upon themselves to tackle both challenges -- to save the mountain gorillas and their natural habitat, and to expose political corruption.

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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Ever as it casts their future prospects in doubt, Virunga concludes by envying the apes’ perspective most of all.
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The New York Times by Jeannette Catsoulis

Showcasing the best and the worst in human nature, Orlando von Einsiedel’s devastating documentary “Virunga” wrenches a startlingly lucid narrative from a sickening web of bribery, corruption and violence.

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