Without spoiling the plot of the film, Virunga goes deep undercover and exposes severe corruption in the DRC and in Virunga National Park that endangers the future of mountain gorillas and the entirety of this world heritage site. The emotion of seeing Emmanuel, one of the key protagonists in this amazing documentary, was like watching Lawrence of Arabia.
Since our efforts in 2007, Peter went on to live in constant danger in his day job as a journalist on assignment on some of the world's most dangerous beats. But of all of the many protagonists in Virunga, no one is more heroic than Emmanuel. Emmanuel went on to become the head of Virunga where, as the documentary captures in real time, he stands his ground as the park is being invaded by the warlords and their armies.
This is not as unusual as it should be. Over the past fifteen years, about 150 park rangers have been killed protecting the mountain gorillas. Like all park rangers, Emmanuel lives each day with the threat of being a casualty of the corrupt corporate interests, war lords and poachers and, yes, even to his own government, who he defied by risking his life for a higher cause.