Posted by: Viola | February 3, 2016

Virunga, the documentary

I just watched this documentary. It is heartbreaking, of course, but is one of the best documentaries I have seen in a while. It takes a close look at what happens on the ground when interests are shaped by greed and not the common good. The impact is not only on human lives and communities but on animal communities and habitats and lives, as well, and both are linked. Human well-being and animal well-being are intimately connected, and this documentary does a wonderful job of highlighting this connection. When people are displaced and killed, animals are also displaced and killed. Some might shy away from this movie/documentary because they think it’s all about animals (Not again! Africa and animals!), but this documentary is very much about people, about humans and how cruel they can be but also how kind and loyal to compassionate causes. It’s heartbreaking but hopeful. I am glad I watched it. I am glad this story is being told in this way. I learned a lot. Very informative and has the power to compel ruthlessly exploitative corporations into more responsibility (social and environmental) and accountability for their illegal and destructive actions. While this movie is about the Congo, the same crimes are taking place no doubt in many parts of Africa and the world at large. It’s just that they are so well hidden from our view. Watch VIRUNGA, if you can! ❤

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