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Gorillas of the Kongo - Chain saws to the Rescue

Friday 05th October 2012 from 16h15 to 17h45
Salle 2 / Grand Amphithéâtre

Directed by
Thomas Weidenbach
Written by
Thomas Weidenbach
Produced by
Längengrad Filmproduktion

Documentary, Germany, 2011, 52 min

Africa is seen as a continent of crises and catastrophes. The film shows that in the Congo basin a change is taking place. The rainforests in the north are the habitat of the rare lowland gorillas. The production of tropical timber is an important income source and one of the largest employers. 36,000 gorillas live in one area belonging to a subsidiary of a forestry company. In the Republic of Congo, the apparently irresolvable conflict between the timber industry and gorillas has been resolved. This is because the forestry companies have responded to the strong criticisms of environmentalists.


Debate with :

  • Sabrina Krief, Primatologist
  • Thomas Weidenbach
  • Shelly Masi, researcher at the CNRS- Muséum
  • Jochen Krimphoff, Programme director - international programmes WWF-France

Know more

  • More information about the subject dealt with by the film in the bibliography.