Netflix Teams with Leonardo DiCaprio on Docu-Film ‘Virunga’

/ Oct 19, 2014

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Netflix has teamed up with Leonardo DiCaprio and his production company Appian Way Productions on the release of its upcoming documentary film “Virunga.”

In exchange for executive producer credit, it appears DiCaprio — known for his various philanthropic endeavors beyond his A-list status in Hollywood — will help bring attention to the film.

“Leo intuitively understands that there is nothing like the power of film to reach people’s hearts and minds,” said Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos in a statement. “With ‘Virunga,’ we’ll work with Leo to introduce viewers around the world to an incredible, gripping story that will have audiences guessing right up until the final act.”

“Virunga” follows an embattled team of park rangers and the endangered mountain gorillas they seek to protect from poachers, militiamen, and other dangerous forces in Africa’s oldest national park. Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, the film will be released theatrically in New York and Los Angeles and online across all Netflix territories on November 7.

“Films like ‘Virunga’ are powerful stories that are a window into the incredible cultural and natural diversity of our world, the forces that are threatening to destroy it, and the people who are fighting to protect it,” added DiCaprio. “Partnering with Netflix on this film is an exciting opportunity to inform and inspire individuals to engage on this topic.”

Here’s the trailer:

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