This is the story behind Orlando von Einsiedel's groundbreaking new documentary, Virunga, which debuts on Netflix today.
We all meet heroes in our lives. Sometimes we just don't recognize them at the time. Today Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is sitting in a Cairo prison cell, convicted by an Egyptian court, incomprehensibly, as a terrorist sympathizer for interviewing members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Emmanuel De Merode, Chief Warden of Virunga National Park, survived an assassination attempt in April in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He managed to survive four bullets in the stomach the day before the world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival of the documentary Virunga that will be released directly on Netflix on November 7. In this extraordinary film De Merode stands up to corrupt government and corporate interests as well as the armed rebels whose activities are threatening the survival of the park and its denizens, the world's largest remaining group of mountain gorillas. All of these groups wanted De Merode dead.