Netflix's 'Virunga' Aims for the Oscars 

By Kate Knibbs on at

Virunga national park, one of the very first-established its kind in Africa, occupies 3,000 square miles in eastern Congo, and is home to some of the last mountain gorillas in the world. It's a beautiful place, but an embattled one, with poachers, fighting soldiers, and oil companies trampling its expansive landscapes.

Virunga, a gripping documentary about the endangered national park and the rangers who are willing to die to protect it, has been available on the streaming service since November after entering the festival circuit last year.

It's gaining so much recognition that it may be Netflix's next shot at winning an Oscar for Best Documentary at the next Academy Awards. Last year, The Square, a documentary about the civil unrest that swept through Egypt and the embattled Tahrir Square, didn't win, but it did prove that the Academy was willing to seriously consider films created by streaming services. [Netflix]