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Watch: Emotionally-Charged ‘Virunga’ Trailer Depicts Struggle to Preserve National Park in War-Torn Congo

Watch: Emotionally-Charged 'Virunga' Trailer Depicts Struggle to Preserve National Park in War-Torn Congo

Netflix has just released a trailer for the upcoming release of “Virunga,” a documentary that premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by the company late last month.

Directed by first-time filmmaker Orlando von Eisiedel, “Virunga” examines the preservation measures that are being implemented by a group of dedicated park rangers, a orphan gorilla caretaker and a Belgian conservationist. The film depicts their struggle to protect Virunga National Park from poachers, armed militia and rebel groups.

“Despite its non-fiction roots, ‘Virguna’ has the epic sweep of a classic good-versus-evil showdown, placing the petroleum conglomerate SOCO International in its cross-hairs as the story’s chief villain,” wrote Eric Kohn in his review during Tribeca.

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The film’s trailer, which you can watch in full below, not only outlines the challenges faced by those working to protect the park, but also, at the same time, communicates a deep commitment to familiarizing us with the park’s ecosystem.

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