By Paul Steyn
Lionardo DiCaprio, the American film-star and outspoken environmentalist, has teamed up with online streaming giant Netflix to release one of this year’s most exciting documentaries: VIRUNGA.
Director Orlando von Einsiedel spent 11 months in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011 and 2012, filming the rangers in Virunga National Park who watch over the park’s rare mountain gorilla population. During production, the civil war in DRC came to a violent head, when M23 rebels advanced on the capital city Goma, and the rangers had no choice but to make a brave stand at their station in order to protect the park.
DiCaprio, who spends much of his time campaigning on environmental issues, will serve as an executive producer on the film, which has already scooped awards at prominent festivals around the world
“With VIRUNGA, we’ll work with Leo to introduce viewers around the world to an incredible, gripping story that will have audiences guessing right up until the final act,” said Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.
DiCaprio said: “Films like VIRUNGA are powerful stories that are a window into the incredible cultural and natural diversity of our world, the forces that are threatening to destroy it, and the people who are fighting to protect it.”
The film is slated for release on November 7 in theatres in New York and Los Angeles and on Netflix in all territories where Netflix is available. Video.