The people most affected by the explosion of Reactor Number Four on the morning of April 26,1986, soon learned that the event known as Chernobyl was predicted by a feature film made seven years earlier. Stalker, by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, explored the limits of our technical explanatory power against the backdrop of a mysterious force that can only be approached on foot, by forest "stalkers" who have learned to accept its risky gifts.
Today, real stalkers live inside the official 30-kilometre Exclusion Zone and secretly strip the dead city of its valuables.
This story documents their twilight existence as scavengers of our newest Lost Civilization. Our grand technical vision, the city as pure laboratory, quickly recedes into the hunting and gathering primitivism of a future stone age.
VIRUNGA IS THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF A GROUP OF BRAVE PEOPLE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE IN A PART OF AFRICA THE WORLD HAS FORGOTTEN AND A GRIPPING EXPOSE OF THE REALITIES OF LIFE IN THE CONGO.
In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers - including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a carer of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist - protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war in May 2012, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they've worked so hard to protect.
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Producers: Joanna Natasegara & Orlando von Einsiedel
Editor: Masahiro Hirakubo
Cinematography: Franklin Dow & Orlando von Einsiedel
Composer: Patrick Jonsson
Assistant Producer: Patrick Vernon
Executive Producers: Jon Drever, Maxyne Franklin, Howard G. Buffett (CEO Howard G. Buffett Foundation) & Jess Search
The Bertha Foundation, The BRITDOC Foundation and Violet Films