People, Not Gorillas, Are the Real Heroes of Virunga

January 5, 2015 11:16 PM

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It has taken me six months to get around to writing promised commentary on the documentary Virunga , now available to stream on Netflix. I got into this project by requesting a screener in June and found myself mired in a kind of mental paralysis, brought on by my own biases and perceived biases of the scriptwriter. Is it fair to criticize this film, which has received nothing but accolades throughout the world?

Virunga shines with superb cinematography when the world's surviving mountain gorillas and the landscape of Virunga Park flicker across the screen. It is heartwarming when Andre Bauma, caretaker at the gorilla orphanage at Rumangabo, explains his bond with the young mountain gorillas in his care. Ba...

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