"Virunga" (2014) 97 Minutes
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel Executive Producer: Leonardo DiCaprio
2015 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE--Best Documentary Feature One Earth Film Festival Rating: 15+, Contains Heavy Themes
TICKETS - Saturday, March 7, 3 PM - Northwestern University, Fisk Hall Room 217 1845 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208
A powerful combination of investigative journalism and nature documentary, Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world has forgotten and a gripping expose of the realities of life in the Congo.
In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse 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 who’s a member of the Belgian royal family - 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, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they've worked so hard to protect, with the filmmakers and the film’s participants caught in the crossfire.
Jim Verzino will lead a post-film reflective discussion with the audience. Jim is a social entrepreneur and thought leader in quality and sustainability. His company is Inspired Business.