In the forests of Eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, home of the last of the wild mountain gorillas in the wild. “Virunga,” a new Netflix documentary, follows a small group of park rangers and conservationists who are fighting to protect the park from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo’s rich natural resources — namely oil.
The first trailer for the film, which will debut simultaneously in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and on Netflix, showcases beautiful sweeping landscapes, animals who’ve clearly bonded with their caretakers — and threats from every direction.
“This isn’t a war yet, but it could be soon,” says an ominous voice layered over scenes of soldiers, tanks, explosions and simple corporate greed, with oil companies focusing their efforts on possible new sites to drill in the park.
“Virunga” will be in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and on Netflix on Nov 7.