Netflix Releases Documentary VIRUNGA in 50 Countries!

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Today is a big day for Virunga National Park. Orlando von Einsiedel’s critically acclaimed documentary, Virunga, has begun streaming in 50 countries around the world. With the release of the film, millions of people will now be able to see for themselves all that is at stake in the effort to save Africa’s oldest national park. According to executive producer Leonardo di Caprio,

“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.”

We hope you enjoy the film and are moved to support the effort to save this most amazing place.



  1. Nancy Brenner November 8, 2014 Reply

    I just finished watching the movie. It is very very powerful and so well done. I am in awe at the bravery and integrity of each and every person who protects the park and the wonderful gorillas. Each of you are truly heroic and I adore you for devoting your lives to such a valiant and noble endeavor.

    This movie needs to go viral in a huge way. My greatest wish is that through this movie that many millions of people in our world become aware of the evil of SOCO and the very real danger that all of you and the gorillas are in. I will be telling everyone that I know all about it through all social media modes and more. I will also be pushing for donations. Virunga National Park and the beautiful gorillas are most worthy. This documentary deserves to win an academy award – truly!

    All of you stay safe and well.


  2. G November 8, 2014 Reply

    I am so in awe of the bravery the courage and integrity of the people who are safe guarding the gorillas and the national park and the future of DR Congo. This documentary brings to light the real and irreplaceable gems of that region, the beautiful dedicated rangers their purity of spirit and the precious, intelligent rare and magnificent gorillas the rangers and their friends love so much.

  3. Christopher C November 9, 2014 Reply

    Excellent film. I have the greatest respect for the entire team at Virunga for their steadfastness and dedication to keep the park and its wildlife safe for future generations. I shall do my best to keep the fire going and convince as many folks as possible to come visit Virunga and witness what true heroics is all about.

    Bless you all and keep safe!

  4. Virginia November 9, 2014 Reply

    Thanks to all of you, that fight every day against the POWER AND POLITICS HUMANS.

  5. Tracy November 12, 2014 Reply

    I viewed a 8 minute video by Orlando von Einsiedel; featuring Andre Bauma, a Gorilla ranger in the Virunga national Park, and my heart was deeply touched and my eyes were opened wide. Andre Bauma displayed such a deep human compassion unlike anything I have ever witnessed. He said in the video “If only my father was alive to see my works.” Andre, I believe that your father is sitting at the right hand of God, and with a living God they are both proudly smiling to see this son’s amazing works! My prayers are with you always. Cant wait to see this film on NETFLIX!

  6. Justin Stockman November 14, 2014 Reply

    What a wonderful film about such a wonderful group of people. Thank you for doing why you do, you are all true heroes. I’m excited to one day teach my children about what you’ve been able to do in the Congo in the face of so much injustice and corruption. Your story is a true testament to the power of human kindness and the meaning of being good.

    Keep up the good work! Very proud to donate to your park.

    Justin, California

  7. Vikrant Kumar November 15, 2014 Reply

    I saw this movie today and i wish i could help this park and people over there but at this point of life, I can’t. All i can do now is pray and i am doing it for all people there and those amazing animals too.

    I won’t support companies like SOCO ever and wish their management will open their eyes soon and stop disturbing nature and stop their project there in congo.

    Best wishes,

    Vikrant, Michigan USA

  8. Daisy November 15, 2014 Reply

    Thank you to all those involved in the making of this beautiful heart warming film and thank you to those risking their lives protecting their amazing beautiful park and may those brave men who risked their life forever rest in peace this was a film so beautiful and so deep that it has opened my eyes to the issues going on in Virunga. I have spread the word and will continue to support this film and what the people in Virunga are doing for their people and their loved animals.

    Irvine, CA


  9. John Fisher November 15, 2014 Reply

    This is an excellent, and emotionally disturbing film. I am encouraging all of my social network contacts to contribute donations according to their abilities. Someday, perhaps I can visit your wonderful park shake the hands of your brave and dedicated rangers.

  10. Karen Morris November 17, 2014 Reply

    I can only express gratitude for the courage and bravery of so many – park wardens, rangers, journalists, cameramen, etc. Not only in protecting such a habitat and its inhabitants but for the makers of the film for bringing it to our attention. Well done Netflix for launching it from your platform! Incredible documentary on the human spirit in diversity and the love and passion to save the animals and indigenous people of this area. We all have a responsibility to protect this earth and the creatures that inhabit it, without it we are dust! Keep up the good work.

    Karen, England

  11. Heather November 17, 2014 Reply

    I recently watched the Virunga documentary. THANK YOU THANK YOU to all the rangers for their selfless sacrifice and bravery. And to all those that work/contribute to the park. I hope each and every one of them realizes how very important they are and how thankful those of us who value nature & its animals are for them.

    And also many thanks to all those involved in the creation & distribution of this documentary. Knowledge is power. As many people as possible need to see this documentary.

    Again, thank you.

  12. Alex November 18, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for telling the story of the Virunga National Park. The movie touched me deeply and I am very thankful for the selfless work of everyone at the park. You represent the best of humanity. I will be telling about the film to all of my co-workers and friends, and I’ve also donated to the park. Please keep up the amazing work.

  13. Lucas November 18, 2014 Reply

    This moved me to instant action. I have never considered myself an activist, but the worst thing in the world is recognizing a problem and failing to address it. I hope the best for everyone at Virunga National Park, and will spread the word by every means available to me.

  14. Brynja November 20, 2014 Reply

    I have followed the situation in Virunga national park for some time now, as I was planning a visit the park during my stay in Uganda in 2012, but unfortunetly the park was closed due to unrest in the area! I am in awe of the bravery and kindness of the rangers and other personel of the Virunga national park, what a noble and meaningful cause to deticate once life to! I just watched the movie and I cannot wait to visit the park. I will keep on donating regulary to your cause, cannot imagin a better way to invest once money!

  15. Reed November 21, 2014 Reply

    One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. Some of the best people I have ever seen. These are people who inspire us all and make us want to do good in the world.

  16. Robert Salberghi Jr. November 23, 2014 Reply

    This documentary is one of the most eye opening things I have ever seen. A HUGE thank you to the crew responsible for bringing this issue to the light in such a bold and stimulating way.

    As I sat at home here in Western Connecticut comfy in bed, I was transported to a land of unimaginable beauty and peril. The film does a wonderful job introducing the Rangers at the front line of this battle for ecological survival. This film also does a wonderful job showing “the enemy” who threatens to destabilize the country in search of profits. I just want to say once again, THANK YOU, to the team for bringing this issue to the front lines and THANK YOU for taking your passions and turning them into awareness. With your continued efforts and bravery I am confident we can protect this amazing frontier so that generations to come will be able to see the wonderment our world has to offer. I am proud to be part of the team

  17. Gabriel Bustillos December 23, 2014 Reply

    When i first started to watch this documentary. I did not realize that it was going to touch my heart and soul the way it did. I hope everything goes the way Virunga National park wants it to. I’m now a member and I donate monthly to the park. I will pray for the park and people running it.

  18. Steven January 7, 2015 Reply

    How cool! I love learning about us history and our national parks. I’ll try to find this on Netflix, thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. Austin January 21, 2015 Reply

    This was a wonderful documentary. What you guys are doing is truly incredible. I hope fortune turns in your favor.


  20. Norma February 19, 2015 Reply

    I just finished watching the documentary and all I can say is “I’m speechless” . I’m an elementary school teacher and it inspired me to plan a fundraiser to send a donation to Virunga National Park and to start a project at my school for Ecological Awareness & Humanitarian issues. I believe as a teacher it is our responsibility not only to each academics but also ethics, morals, and to teach the students to become more aware of the world around us, specially Mother Nature. I will keep you posted as to how my project develops. I’m excited to get this project up and running. Let plant the seed and see what happens. I’m actually envisioning a rainforest in years to come.

  21. Jeanette February 24, 2015 Reply

    Just finished watching the film and WOW what an impact it made. i though the use of imagery in certain scenes was very powerful and masterful film making. I found it so interesting to see corruption in practice and wonder if the female journalist and the ranger are OK for the daring use of undercover filming. The film resounds all the more because it is so raw and recent. My prayers go out to Emmanuel de Merode for his recovery from the gun attack. People like him are an important face of conservation,leading the fight for conservation on the ground and doing the work that those of us can’t do it for whatever reason. Lets hope this film will raise awareness and further protection for the national park and cause SOCO to rethink their exploration strategy.

  22. Arthur landon March 13, 2015 Reply

    What a truly outstanding documentary – both the film makers, the reporter, and the wardens all true heroes,

  23. Naomi August 16, 2015 Reply

    I finished the movie and I have always hated to see either human or animal suffering. Put the two extremes together and it was a very emotional 2 hours. I have donated to the fund it wasn’t much, but it was all I had. I wanted to give everyone a hug to thank them for all they do. I wish there was more I could do, I was sad to hear that one of the Rangers was tortured for trying to stop the Oil company from putting up an illegal structure. My heart went out to him and his family. I hope all the men who were in the documentary are doing what they feel is right. I would say I hope they are okay, but with the back and forth going on in the country, the best I can hope for is that they are not tortured and killed anymore.

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