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Virunga (2014)

Written by Jameela Raymond on Monday, 15 June 2015

Over the next few weeks we’ll be reviewing our favourite corruption documentaries, films and books. Our inaugural post is on the documentary Virunga.


Over the next few weeks we’ll be reviewing our favourite corruption documentaries, films and books. Some might be more famous than others, but all are fascinating and relevant to the work that we do in Transparency International around the world.

Keep up with the series on social media by using the hashtags #corruptiononscreen or #corruptioninprint

Virunga (2014)

Largely thanks to this movie the case of Virunga (Africa’s oldest National Park) has become global news in the last few years.

In this simultaneously heart-breaking and heart-warming documentary directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara, we follow the experiences of Virguna’s park rangers as they try to protect their country’s natural resources (endangered gorillas and a limited oil supply) from the imminent corrupt collusion between the Democratic Republic of Congo’s rebels and organisations looking to wider their share of power in the region.

The lengths of corruption that both sides of this dirty deal are willing to reach are verging on unbelievable – secretly filmed scenes expose the lengths actors are willing to go in order to gain more land and with it, more power.

This excellent, moving and powerful documentary has won 23 international film awards, and has been nominated for more this year. The impact of it is long-lasting, and the asks are simple.

  • Spread the word about the park and the movie by mentioning @virungamovie and including #Virunga or #TeamVirunga in your tweets
  • Sign up to the website’s update list
  • Donate money directly to the park rangers and their widows

In focusing on a small group of nature-loving patriotic and passionate (not to mention incredibly isolated) people seeking to protect their country’s sovereignty and natural resources from an international oil company and an army of rebels, Virunga is a brutal reminder of the dangers that corruption can put people in all across the world. And in spite of all the difficulties, we are left with faith in the fact that when they stand together, ordinary people really can make the most incredible change.

You can read about the World Wildlife Federation’s Virunga campaign (and success!) here


Read 952 times Last modified on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:07

Jameela Raymond

Jameela is Transparency International UK's Senior Policy Officer. You can follow her on Twitter @jameelaraymond

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