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Brief Synopsis: "Virunga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is Africa’s oldest national park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and a contested ground among insurgencies seeking to topple the government that see untold profits in the land. Among this ongoing power struggle, Virunga also happens to be the last natural habitat for the critically endangered mountain gorilla. The only thing standing in the way of the forces closing in around the gorillas: a handful of passionate park rangers and journalists fighting to secure the park’s borders and expose the corruption of its enemies. Filled with shocking footage, and anchored by the surprisingly deep and gentle characters of the gorillas themselves, Virunga is a galvanizing call to action around an ongoing political and environmental crisis in the Congo."

Overall Ranking: 716 (Rank from 2014: # 35)

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Ratings Breakdown
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Buttery 25%
Regular 75%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Bryan Lienesch84 - Equal parts heartwrenching drama and nail-biting thriller, 'Virunga' is a tribute to the few good men who do not compromise in a land rife with exploitation.
Comedy: 3
Sex Appeal: 1
Scary: 7
Rewatch: 6
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Minnesota Man80 - Timely doc is more than just a gorilla pic.
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David Baruffi80(full review)

People Involved

  • André Bauma ()
  • Emmanuel de Merode ()
  • Mélanie Gouby ()
  • Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo ()
  • Vianney Kazarama ()
  • Orlando von Einsiedel (Director)