Acknowledging that 2014 has been a fantastic year so far for non-fiction, Indiewire proves it with some great suggestions for everyone to watch.
Virunga has been described as ‘a triumph‘, ‘gripping‘ and ‘one of the best [docs] ever seen‘. In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers – including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a carer of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist – protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo’s rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war in May 2012, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they’ve worked so hard to protect.
What else to watch…
We’re incredibly passionate about all our supported films, and here’s just a few more currently screening around the world that are all worth looking out for!
Miner’s Shot Down Rehad Desai’s latest documentary charts the seven days leading up to August 16 2012 when South African Police opened fire on a group of Lonmin mine workers on strike at the Marikana Mine.
Unearthed A young South African woman had high hopes for the opportunities tracking could bring to her Karoo hometown. But her optimism was soon shaken when she journeyed to North American and uncovered the hidden stories behind the slick reassurances of the oil and gas industry.
The World Before Her Two young women follow completely divergent paths in the new, modernising India. One wants to become Miss India, the other is a fierce Hindu Nationalist prepared to kill and die for her beliefs.
Powerless Loha Singh – a latter-day Robin Hood – has made it his life’s task to supply poorer families and ruffled small-time entrepreneurs with electrical power in Kanpur, India where blackouts frequently take up more of the time in some districts than hours of normal electrical service. His direct adversary is the woman at the top of the state energy supplier Kesco, but Mrs. Ritu Maheshwari is by no means the villain in this film. In fact the two protagonists are merely the lead dancers in an absurd operetta.