The Most Important Wildlife Movie In Decades
The Academy Award-nominated film, Virunga, released in November, 2014, is one of the most important wildlife films in decades. It chronicles the effects of corporate greed, government corruption, poverty, and war on the people and wildlife in and around Congo’s Virunga National Park. While the movie’s charismatic stars are the eastern Congo’s rare mountain gorillas, its heroes are the rangers and park officials who look after the gorillas and other wildlife, fending off disturbing threats of increasing seriousness until they end up risking their own lives to protect them even as heavily armed troops battle all around.
This is a documentary that has important lessons to teach us about the realities of doing wildlife conservation work in the underdeveloped world—but it is paced and scored like a well-made drama. Virunga is an astonishing piece of work.