MESYM Documentary Night #23: Virunga

MESYM’s Documentary Night is held every 2nd Tuesday of each month. Everyone is invited to come hang out, watch a documentary, meet like-minded friends and take part in the discussion. Admission is free!

For our May event we will screen Virunga, 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’s forgotten and a gripping expose of the realities of life in the Congo.

“Virunga” won 23 international film awards in 2014, and was nominated for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Urgent investigative report and unforgettable drama, “Virunga” is a work of heart-wrenching tenderness and heart-stopping suspense.
LA TIMES

Showcasing the best and the worst in human nature, von Einsiedel’s “Virunga” wrenches a startlingly lucid narrative from a sickening web of bribery, corruption and violence.
NEW YORK TIMES, CRITIC’S PICK

Extraordinary
…enough action, pathos, suspense, venal villains, stalwart heroes and endangered gorillas for a dozen fiction films
VARIETY

teckwyn

Event + Discussion led by Teckwyn Lim

Teckwyn Lim is co-founder and Technical Director of Resource Stewardship Consultants Sdn Bhd (RESCU), a Malaysia-based natural resource consultancy company. He is also an active member of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS).

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About Virunga

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers – including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a caretaker of orphan gorillas and a dedicated 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, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they’ve worked so hard to protect, with the filmmakers and the film’s participants caught in the crossfire.

A powerful combination of investigative journalism and nature documentary, VIRUNGA is the incredible true story of a group of courageous people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world’s forgotten, and a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Congo.

From director Orlando von Einsiedel and executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio.

Stills from the film

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