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“In the verdant depths of Eastern Congo stands Virunga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Virunga is a place that almost defies description, from the deep scarlet lava lakes of Nyiragongo volcano, to the grasslands spotted with antelope, elephants, lions, and hippos. It is also home to the world’s only remaining population of wild mountain gorillas. But even in this most beautiful of places, human corruption and greed threatens destruction and death. A group of fiercely dedicated park rangers stand guard over the park and its wild inhabitants — including a Belgian conservationist, and a ranger-turned-substitute parent for a group of orphan gorillas. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war in May 2012, the rangers are the only people that stand in the way of the dark forces that seek unfettered access to all of the park’s rich natural resources. Einsiedel’s film is documentary on a grand scale, as befits the extraordinary place it depicts. But more importantly, it is a remarkable portrait of a group of people, united in a common purpose, and a critical reminder of the courage required to protect the most rare and extraordinary creatures that walk the earth.” – Doxa Film Festival