Synopsis: In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers - including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a carer of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist - protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war in May 2012, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they've worked so hard to protect.
Genre: Documentary, War
Production: Netflix
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 24 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

Protect us, and help us to account

for each day of our lives.

Oh, Congo.

Our dear Ranger Kasereka died

trying to rebuild this country.

Charlie 5 says that

the enemy is moving your way.

If you listen carefully,

they're shooting to show their presence.

This is an illegal settlement.

Some rebels.

Where are the people who were with you?

I don't know.

Quiet! Keep your voice down.

I don't know.

So where are they?

They've gone away.

Isn't this poaching?

It wasn't me.

The one who ran away

is the one who killed it.

Just as I'd finished primary school,

we were recruited secretly in our town.

They told us, "You're leaving...

We're sending you to university.

To the best university in the world!"

You have to follow

all orders given to you.

If you attempt to escape,

they'll kill you.

My little brother Dona

was 15 years old.

Among many dead bodies I found his.

There was nothing I could do.

After we buried him,

we went on with the war.

But my mother insisted,

"You must leave the army

while you're still alive."

So I then escaped the army

to dedicate my life to the National Park.

They are the only mountain gorillas

in captivity in the world.

Ndakasi likes to play so much.

I have my human family.

I always tell them,

"You are my family...

but we have another family

in Rumangabo...

which is made up of four children."

There is Maisha, Kaboko,

Ndeze and Ndakasi.

You know that until now

we've had a big problem with poaching.

Poachers believe...

they can kill the parents

and take the baby away for sale.

This is the way we got Maisha.

Maisha was taken from poachers

who wanted to sell her.

She was rescued

when she was three years old.

Today, she is about

10 years and six months.

Kaboko is the one-handed male.

He lost the other hand

because of poaching.

Kaboko is a bit aggressive.


But they have

great affection for each other.

It is love.

When there was

the massacre of our gorillas,

I was out in the field.

I was among the rangers

who discovered their bodies.

It was a great tragedy.

We had a total of

nine gorillas killed.

The logic was that

once the gorillas were killed,

there would be no reason

to protect the park anymore.

Many people came to see

what had happened to the gorillas.

They helped to transport their bodies.

It was like

members of the family had died.


BORN IN 1987



KILLED JULY 22, 2007

Ndeze and Ndakasi are the two gorillas

that survived from that family.

Their mother and the rest

were killed in 2007.

When I met her...

she was really

so weak, weak, weak!

It's truly an unbelievable thing...

to see that she is alive,

and this is the reason why I say,

"I am not only a father..."

You know that these gorillas

as you see them here,

we're not keeping them

just for the sake of keeping them.

We take care of them in order

to one day release them

back into the forest in good health.

The vowel "E."

Yes, good. Carry on.

This one, which vowel is it?

Underneath the vowel "E,"

which vowel is it?

I may die at any time in an ambush by

people against the protection of the park.

Rangers commit to protect the park,

under very dangerous conditions

to their last breath.

130 rangers have died protecting Virunga.

I may die...

though I don't know when.

Our child is called Josue.

He is a small child

in whom I see lots of hope.

I think he can become a scientist.

After he has studied...

You said he needs

to study mathematics.

He can be like me for example,

you know I am a biologist.

Since you're a biologist,

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Orlando von Einsiedel

Orlando von Einsiedel (born in August 1980) is a British film director. He directs mostly documentary films that investigate global social issues, and has filmed in various places around the world, including Africa, Asia, America and the Arctic. von Einsiedel became known for his award winning film Virunga, produced with the cooperation of Virunga National Park director Prince de Merode. more…

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