Virunga is an important movie for many reasons. A call to action, and a sobering account of how many competing forces are at work in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- the perils of global capitalism, the lingering effects of colonialism, an endangered environment, etc. I have seen many movies that address one or more of these themes, but few, if any, that have created such a complex picture of an impending disaster.
Director Orlando von Einsiedel presents both a world of forgotten history and a glimpse of current events that, for the most part, remain unknown. A heartbreaking story of an ecosystem on the verge of collapse and of a small group of heroic people determined to do something about it.
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