Academy Awards Oscar Nomination Given to “Virunga” Documentary!

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We would like to congratulate the team behind the film Virunga for its Academy Awards Oscar nomination in the category of Best Documentary film.

This incredible film focuses on the many challenges faced by the park’s rangers during the recent M23 conflict and on efforts to protect Virunga from illegal resource extraction.

Among those featured in the film is André Bauma, the chief caregiver for four orphaned gorillas. In one of the most poignant scenes, André declares his willingness to lay down his life to protect the park’s endangered mountain gorilla population.

With more than 130 rangers killed in the line of duty over the last 20 years, André’s sentiments are not idle words.

Ranger Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, the warden for the park’s Central Sector, echoes André’s feelings in the film. In several nail-biting scenes, the film shows Rodrigue facing great danger in his efforts to unmask apparent illegal activities that threaten the park.

Park rangers like Rodrigue and Andre – and Chief Warden Emmanuel de Merode, who sustained life threatening gunshot wounds following an ambush on his vehicle last April – are today the face of some 500 rangers that each day face the challenges of protecting Africa’s oldest, most biologically diverse, and most threatened national park.

We thank the filmmakers for dedicating this beautiful movie to the men and women protecting Virunga National Park. We wish them the best of luck on February 22nd, the day the Academy Award winners are announced.

20 Comments

  1. Fikriye Ovak January 23, 2015 Reply

    Congradulations to all Virunga park dedicated workers and documentary film team. You are protecting these lovely gorillas,may God protect you.

  2. Susan January 23, 2015 Reply

    Congratulations and I hope you win! Thank you for all you do, and continue to do, to save this vital park and its inhabitants.

  3. Marcus Borelli January 23, 2015 Reply

    I really appreciate your efforts to save the wonderful park with wonderful creatures. Thanks so much. God bless you.

  4. Atsuko Biernot January 23, 2015 Reply

    With all the uncertainty in the world, it was so reassuring to my soul to know that there were people out there who have dedicated their lives to a great cause. Thank you for doing that and thank you to the film-makers for letting us know about it! Good luck at the Oscars.

  5. AnneMarie January 23, 2015 Reply

    Thank you very much for your beautiful work!
    I have sponsored a little bit already and will do more as soon as possible.

    Let us hope the film gets the oscar, that would be great publicity and it should give more sponsorship at the same time!
    Just unfortunately we cannot see it yet in Italy… I hope it will come out on DVD also!

    Keep up the good work guys and girls! One day I hope to come and visit you!

  6. rita rayman January 23, 2015 Reply

    This powerful, compelling and visually stunning film deserves all the attention it is getting!
    And what great exposure for all the rangers efforts on behalf of the park and the communities nearby.
    Congratulations!
    Rita and Jeff

  7. Ana Ajarnaute January 23, 2015 Reply

    Es una gran noticia¡¡ Felicidades a todos, porque sois un equipo que trabajáis por un mundo mejor y por el futuro de nuestro planeta y de sus seres vivos. Enhorabuena de nuevo¡¡¡ Congratulations ¡¡¡¡¡

  8. Ginny January 23, 2015 Reply

    I have shared information about Virunga National Park and this film within my community and wholeheartedly encourage people all over the globe to become knowledgeable about it as well. What a magnificent effort all the people involved have made–they deserve all the support we can give!

  9. Noelle January 23, 2015 Reply

    The movie was amazing. It MUST win Best Documentary. It was incredible; the undercover footage of the vile oil mercenary making terrible comments about the Congolese people and the gorillas, the scenes of Andre staying with and comforting the orphans during the rebel advance and little Koboko getting so sick and passing away most likely due the fear he experienced from the fighting, the incredible images of the park and the wildlife, and the amazing bravery of the rangers. This is a documentary that everyone who cares about conservation in African, or anywhere in the world for that matter, should see. It deserves to win best documentary and I hope it does so that the issues in Virunga get even more attention.

  10. Dominique January 23, 2015 Reply

    This is so wonderful to recognize these incredible efforts and actions by your amazing people for these beautiful animals. Thank you will all my heart. Sharing everywhere.

  11. Jeremie January 23, 2015 Reply

    The movies definitely deserves it. I would be a great recompense for the whole team of the Virunga National Park!

  12. Plunus Jean-Pierre January 24, 2015 Reply

    😀

  13. Rebecca February 12, 2015 Reply

    I have been so moved by what I have seen. It brought tears and so much respect for the people that give their lives to the park, I agree with all the comments and hope this gives the park the attention it deserves, a fantastic piece highlighting difficult issues. I have donated and hope more do the same x

  14. sally alexandres February 16, 2015 Reply

    I too am so impressed by the film and the information it has given me. Let is start our appreciation by sending information about the film and its availability on netflix to all our contacts through social media.

  15. Viv February 20, 2015 Reply

    Wonderful film. It is heartening to see people’s dedication and honesty in the face of so much Corruption and exploitation by big corporations

  16. Lisa Main February 20, 2015 Reply

    I am proud of every person associated with this film. From the Congolese on the front lines, to the film team who decided to make a difference in the world. I just donated as a result of your work and I’m confident many others will follow.

  17. Lisa Main February 20, 2015 Reply

    By the way, I live in New York, New York in the USA. Your work is reaching people all over the world. Well done.

  18. Julie Fortin February 21, 2015 Reply

    I will make sure our children in our community know that you are our true Superheros of today’s world. Education is the key to make positive change. We truly care, support and appreciate everything that you do to save the Virunga Park for generations to come. Thank you with love and appreciation.

  19. CHIRIMWAMI BAGUMA EDDY June 9, 2015 Reply

    SOLIDARITE DEVELOPEMENT ADS

  20. Maneerat July 29, 2016 Reply

    Dear sirs,

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT IS IT SAVE
    TO GO AND STAY AT YOUR PROJECT FOR 3 DAYS
    I LOVE GORILLAS SO MUCH ABD WIULD LIKE TO BE WITH THEM
    TOUCH THEM. I WILL TRAVEL TO AFRICA IN OCTOBER
    I WILL DONATE FUNDS TO YOUR PROJECT AS REQUESTED
    PLS CONFIRM SOONEST WILL BE APPRECIATE
    AND KINDLY ADVISE HOW TO REACH YOUR PROJECT FRON CAPE TOWN
    IT IS MY DREAM TO BE EITH THEM AND HOW MANY
    GORILLAS YOU HAVE NOW

    REGARDS
    MANEERAT AND EKAVUT

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