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Release: 2014

Director: Orlando Von Einsiedel | Impact Producer: Joanna Natasegara

“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.” – New York Times

“Urgent investigative report and unforgettable drama, “Virunga” is a work of heart-wrenching tenderness and heart-stopping suspense.” – LA Times

“Films like Virunga are powerful stories that are a window into the incredible cultural and natural diversity of our world, the forces that are threatening to destroy it, and the people who are fighting to protect it.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“A film that’s really dramatic and human but at the same time illuminates questions that we all have to grapple with.” – Edward Norton

“what can best be described as a phenomenon…I urge you to watch it”Ray Mears

“rousing, must-see work … With enough action, pathos, suspense, venal villains, stalwart heroes and endangered gorillas for a dozen fiction films” – Variety

beautiful, shattering… at times hard to watch but in the end impossible to shake.” – The Wrap

“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

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

There’s no question, though, that “Virunga” is first-rate, both in its gimlet-eyed storytelling and visual elegance” – Indiewire

Virunga” unfolds with the elements of gripping ensemble drama” – Indiewire