Murchison Falls

Year: 2021-2022

‘Murchison Falls’ is an upcoming VR Gorilla original documentary.

The story centers around Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, arguably the most beautiful natural reserve in the ‘Pearl of Africa’. The film will show you its beauty and create a sense of wonder by showing the park and it’s inhabitants in all its glory.

The park itself is what you would expect the Garden of Eden could have looked like: lush green vegetation, rolling hills, marshes and the river Nile bursting down the Murchison Falls waterfall. Giraffes, buffalos and a wide variety of other herbivores and omnivores can be found here in great numbers and of course there are plenty of carnivores like lions, leopards and hyenas.

With their charismatic appearance, impressive size,  and general appeal the lead characters in the film are African elephants. Expect extraordinary close encounters with elephants drinking, feeding and interacting with each other in their natural habitat.

Besides the ‘beauty and wonder’ the film appeals to viewers’ engagement by addressing – and showing – several challenges that Murchison Falls N.P. is facing. There’s the challenge of climate change, disrupting the natural equilibrium between rainy- and dry seasons, clearly visible by the enormous amount of water that flows down the falls and trhough the river Nile. There is poaching, and the challenge for the Ugandan government to keep protecting the park.

And there’s the challenge to maintain the park’s pristineness now that a large oil company has started drilling over 400 oil wells within the park, exporting crude oil via a massive pipeline and feeding the need to construct a highway through the heart of the park..

But above all, this is a film about nature, about the animal kingdom and the breathtaking beauty of this place on earth. Something worth preserving…

Partners: / Roadtrip Uganda / Matoke Tours
Production: VR Gorilla / Matoke Tours / Roadtrip Uganda
Directors: Peter van Apeldoorn & Daan Tan
Camera: Daan Tan & Rob van Kollenburg
Sound: Henk van Engelen

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