News Helpline | October, 18 2014
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has joined hands with on-demand internet streaming service Netflix to release the documentary "Virunga".
The factual film, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, is about the conflict between park rangers striving to protect endangered gorillas from poachers and industry encroaching on their habitats in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The documentary will be released on Netflix, as well as in New York and Los Angeles theaters simultaneously, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
DiCaprio serves as executive producer, with his production company Appian Way on board.
"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. Partnering with Netflix, on this film is an exciting opportunity to inform and inspire individuals to engage on this topic," the actor said.
The collaboration is a perfect fit as the "Titanic" star "intuitively understands that there is nothing like the power of film to reach people's hearts and minds", Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, said 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," Sarandos added.
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