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Thursday, 26 March 2015

VIRUNGA [2014]

Director Orlando von Einsiedel gives us a heart-wrenching glimpse into the war-torn Congo jungle in one of 2014's most important documentaries, Virunga.
It follows four brave souls who risk their lives protecting the wildlife within the Virunga National Park that's being invaded by a national civil war and Britain's greedy need for it's natural resources.  Beautifully shot, the film showcases the ugliness and grace of the landscapes and it's inhabitants.  Von Einsiedel gives us some of the most suspenseful, gruesome and terrifying footage I've seen, as he comes across the remains of a poacher's heartless work or finds himself smack in the middle of a war zone.  We're introduced to a group of orphaned gorillas that you can't help but fall in love with but also gives the film a bit of dramatic focus and a solitary light within the rest of the unbearably dark subject matter.

5 tingles for a Pringle out of 5

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