Virunga receives huge critical acclaim
After premiering at Tribeca Film Festival on the 23rd April, Virunga has met with acclaim, awards and huge interest in the Virunga National Park wherever it’s been shown (announcement and trailer here). The film has led to closer scrutiny of oil exploration taking place within eastern Democratic Republic of Congo whilst touring the US, Canada and recently Belgium garnering press attention for the film and the issues it portrays. Discussions of the film on CNN, the BBC and in print have given an opportunity for the challenges the park faces to become more widely known.
Meanwhile the campaign the film is a part of continues to gather pace with the endorsement of well-known individuals including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, Mark Ruffalo and Howard G. Buffett. To follow developments of the film and campaign yourself please like its Facebook page, follow on Twitter and sign up to its website virungamove.com
Critical Response to Virunga: The Movie
“beautiful, shattering… at times hard to watch but in the end impossible to shake.” – The Wrap
“Virunga is the best documentary I’ve seen this year. In fact, it is one of the best I’ve ever seen. For me, it’s the game changer that Stories We Tell and The Act of Killing were… if a movie has ever deserved to win both the best film as well as best documentary categories at the Oscars, then this is it. I hate to be part of the hype, because there’s inevitably going to be a backlash, but I can’t help myself. See this movie.” – PBS POV
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Virunga gets an Oscar nomination” – Awards Circuit
“Virunga feels more like a late-season episode of Game of Thrones than a sober documentary”… “beautifully composed film”… ‘Thrilling narrative success”… – Non Fics
Awards wise so far we’ve been given an engraved hammer in New York, a lightning bolt in Belgium and a glass brick in Toronto… you cannot fault documentary festivals for their creative gongs.