“Virunga” is such a powerful documentary that shows the hidden side of conflict in the Congo as SOCO try to illegally take over natural parks such as Virunga in order to mine and dig for oil.
The documentary shows the life of those at the park who will not stand for their primate friends being destroyed for greed, and are willing to be killed too if it means they can try and save the animals.
Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who was known for her extensive study on mountain gorillas. She observed gorillas for 18 years in Rwanda and was staunchly against poaching - something that gained her many enemies. She lived among the gorillas, developed a tight bond with them, and dedicated her entire life to attempting to protect them.
Sadly, she was brutally murdered on 27 December, 1985. She was discovered in the bedroom of her cabin which was located in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda. She had been bludgeoned and chopped to death with a machete; many believe by poachers she had been tracking. The case remains unsolved.
A silverback from the 22-member Mapuwa family in Virunga National Park emerges from the jungle to keep an eye on a ranger patrol. The park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has largely succeeded in protecting mountain gorillas, its top tourist draw, from violence. Their population is now growing. By brent Stirton
Mount Nyiragongo, the most active volcano in Africa, erupted in 2002, 2007 and 2010, sending molten lava spewing into Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu province. In 1977 the lava raced down the hillside at 60 miles per hour, the fastest ever recorded.
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I can’t like this clip enough. Two different volcanoes in Virunga National Park erupting at the same time. Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira, at night, with some star trails, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Película que ganó cuatro Oscar; un de ellos a la mejor película. Para John Nash, su punto fuerte fue que esta obra sirvió para llamar la atención sobre la esquizofrenia en todo el mundo. (Título original: A Beautiful Mind)
2. Gorilas en la Niebla (1988)
Sigourney Weaver interpreta a Dian Fossey, una zoóloga y etologa que estudió a los gorilas en las montañas Virunga (Ruanda) y trabajó en su protección y conservación. (Título original: Gorillas in the Mist)
3. La Duda de Darwin (2009)
Una obra que relata la lucha interior que vivió el naturalista Charles Darwin a la hora de publicar “El Origen de las Especies“, un trabajo que negaba la creación del universo por parte de Dios; un conflicto entre su vocación científica y el amor que sentía por su esposa, muy religiosa. (Título original: Creation)
4. La Teoría del Todo (2014)
Eddie Redmayne (Oscar al mejor actor por su papel en esta película) interpreta al famoso físico teórico, autor de Breve historia del tiempo, Stephen Hawking. La Teoría del Todo repasa los inicios de Hawkin en la Universidad, su tésis, su enfermedad y sus éxitos en materia de divulgación. (Título original: Theory of Everything)
5. Descifrando Enigma (2014)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit, Sherlock…) da vida al matemático criptoanalista y pionero de la informática, Alan Turing. Gracias a su mente privilegiada, Turing ayudó a los aliados a ganar la Segunda Guerra Mundial, si bien, la película termina sobre una nota amarga, fiel a la realidad. (Título original: The Imitation Game)
shaym: One of the most memorable experiences of my life… Seeing silver back gorillas and their families in the Virunga National Park. The hiking through thick mud, getting attacked by red ants and harassed by stinging nettles…completely worth it! #Virunga #Rwanda
Video and still frames of the active lava lake at Nyiragongo Volcano, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. I love watching shots like some of the video here and comparing it to plate tectonics on a much more rapid scale - slabs of rigid material floating on something that is more easily deformed, sometimes sinking downwards, and spreading centers forming to make up for the area that sank.
A family of mountain gorillas from the Virunga volcanic mountain range on the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, are pictured in this photograph provided by Gorilla Doctors.Twenty-three scientists from six countries unveiled the first complete genetic map of the mountain gorilla, a close genetic cousin to humans inhabiting two isolated areas in central Africa.