Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has partnered with video-on-demand service Netflix to produce a documentary on gorillas of East Africa, an endangered species.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who in addition to his work on screen is “messenger of peace” of the UN in the fight against global warming, is one of the producers of Virunga. According to Netflix, the movie stars “both of the investigative journalism that the documentary” and is directed by Orlando von Einsiedel.
Virunga follows a team of forest guards in the Democratic Republic of the Congo “taken in the middle of the poachers, militias, and economic interests in the oldest national park in Africa”, explains Netflix.
The Virunga Massif, to the farthest reaches of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda is the last sanctuary in the world of mountain gorillas whose remained at only 800 individuals.
The film hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles as well as Netflix on November 7.
According to Leonardo DiCaprio, “Virunga offers a window on the incredible cultural and natural diversity of our planet, the forces that threaten to destroy it, and those who are fighting to protect it”.
Netflix, which recently launched in Europe, has become not only a manufacturer of series (House of Cards, for example) but also wants to film soon.