‘Drillers in the mist’: How secret payments and a climate of violence helped UK firm open African national park to oil
"New Troubles at the Gates of Virunga - Oil exploration could be devastating to Africa's most iconic national park -- and its people."
"A perspective on the ongoing conflict in the Congo we haven't yet seen: Orlando von Einsiedel's powerful Virunga depicts a band of national-park rangers as possibly the last line of defense against another foreign rape of the country's natural resources."
"Mostly recently Leo teamed up with Netflix to release a documentary. Titled Virunga, the film documents gorilla preservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park. He was an executive producer on the film, which will hit select theaters and Netflix streaming on November 7."
"A new documentary titled "Virunga" exposes the behind-the-scenes skulduggery that occurs when the worlds of conservation and oil collide. Two days before the film's New York premiere in April, De Mérode, who has vigorously protected the park and its animals and opposes drilling, was ambushed and shot four times. Incredibly, he survived and lives on to fight the battle."
"Sir David added: "It would be extremely worrying if Virunga were to be exploited for oil. Not only would it threaten a park that is home to a vast range of wildlife, but it would also send a worrying signal for the future of other world heritage sites." His intervention comes only days before an award-winning documentary on the park, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, is released."
"I saw Virunga, about a national forest in Congo where nearly half of the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas exist... I was thrilled by its cinematic, nonfiction telling of the story of the park and the rangers who defend it from war, corruption and oil interests."
"‘a searing documentary set in Congo... Showcasing the best and the worst in human nature, Orlando von Einsiedel’s devastating documentary 'Virunga' wrenches a startlingly lucid narrative from a sickening web of bribery, corruption and violence."
"Virunga is the best documentary I’ve seen this year. In fact, it is one of the best I’ve ever seen. For me, it’s the game changer that Stories We Tell and The Act of Killing were… if a movie has ever deserved to win both the best film as well as best documentary categories at the Oscars, then this is it."
"With enough action, pathos, suspense, venal villains, stalwart heroes and endangered gorillas for a dozen fiction films, Orlando von Einsiedel’s extraordinary documentary 'Virunga' lays out the complex of deadly forces threatening the titular national park, an UNESCO-designated World Heritage site in eastern Congo."