Virunga

THE STORY

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the world’s most bio-diverse places. A small team of park rangers, made up of a caretaker of orphan gorillas, a former child soldier, and a Belgian conservationist, decide to risk their lives to confront the armed militia and the poachers who want to exploit the park’s natural resources. In the midst of their struggle, the rebel groups in the area declare war and this further complicates their work. The conflicts in the area place great danger on a unique ecosystem which has been declared world heritage by the UNESCO. The courage of a small group willing to risk everything to build a better future for Congo, shows us how, as people, we have the capacity to protect the planet’s natural wealth.

Nominated for the 2015 Oscars.


THE DIRECTOR

Orlando von Einsiedel was born in London in 1980. He is an Anthropology graduated, whose films investigate on global social issues. Working in Africa, Asia, America and the Arctic and encompassing everything from a skateboard school in Kabul to the tracking and arrest of pirates in West Africa, his documentaries have been screened at the world’s top film festivals. Orlando’s works are praised by critics for his fearless filmmaking and strong sense of the people and places he covers


FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Tribeca Film Festival – USA, 2014

Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival – Canada, 2014

Docville International Documentary Film Festival – Belgium, 2014

FICMA (Best Documentary) – Spain, 2014

IDFA – The Netherlands, 2014

Oscar Nomination – 2014


With the collaboration of

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Virunga

Orlando von Einsiedel

UK (2014)

100min.

VOSEng, VOSCat

Language: english, french, swahili

Executive producer: Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara

Photography: Orlando von Einsiedel, Frank Dow

Editing: Masahiro Hirakubo

Music: Patrick Jonsson

Production companies: Grain Media, Violet Films

Distributor: Netflix