( USA / 2014 )
In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on earth and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas. In this wild but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers - including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a caretaker of orphan gorillas and a dedicated conservationist - protect this UNESCO World Heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 90 min.
Theme: Activism, African Cinema and Culture, Animals, Anthropology, Conflicts, Colonialism, Crime, Current Affairs see all »
Language(s): English, French
Director(s): Abigail Anketell-Jones
Producer(s): Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara, see all »
Available regions: United States, Canada


  • Press Kit
  • "Showcasing the best and the worst in human nature, von Einsiedel’s “Virunga” wrenches a startlingly lucid narrative from a sickening web of bribery, corruption and violence."
  • "Urgent investigative report and unforgettable drama, "Virunga" is a work of heart-wrenching tenderness and heart-stopping suspense."
  • “Extraordinary” "...enough action, pathos, suspense, venal villains, stalwart heroes and endangered gorillas for a dozen fiction films”

awards & accolades

  • Zagreb DOX - Special Mention
  • New York Wild Film Festival - Best in Festival
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Audience Award
  • AFI Docs - Best of Fest
  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival - Best International Documentary
  • Docville Film Festival - Conscience Award
  • Camden International Film Festival - Best Documentary
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival - Black Pearl Award

Festival participation

  • Zagreb DOX 2015
  • New York Wild Film Festival 2015
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2015
  • AFI Docs 2015
  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2015
  • HotDocs 2014
  • Docville Film Festival 2014
  • Camden International Film Festival 2014
  • Hamptons International Film Festival 2014
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014

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Distribution Company: ro*co Educational

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