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Orlando Von Einsiedel

Former Manchester Anthropology student Orlando von Einsiedel's documentary Virunga was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary 2015.

Urgent investigative report and unforgettable drama, Virunga is a work of heart-wrenching tenderness and heart-stopping suspense.

Los Angeles Times

The film documents and raises awareness about the vital social, political and ecological issues currently facing The Virunga National Park in Eastern Congo. Virunga is among the world’s most bio-diverse environments and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas.

It is also the site of intense conflicts between conservationists, armed militia, poachers, M23 rebels and multi-national oil and mineral companies. The film enjoyed had widespread support from David Attenborough and was executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Fortunately, Orlando was already booked in to run a film-making workshop for students on the MA in Visual Anthropology, and to celebrate this remarkable achievement the university will be holding an open screening of Virunga with Orlando that is provisionally scheduled for 19 March 2015.

In his own words

I think I spent three years worrying about how doing an Anthropology degree was going to get me a job. In a roundabout fashion it has pretty much paved the way for my entire career.

Orlando Von Einsiedel

"I think I spent three years worrying about how doing an Anthropology degree was going to get me a job.

In a roundabout fashion it has pretty much paved the way for my entire career.

After my degree, I spent a lot of time snowboarding. This led onto making snowboard films which then led on to making advertising promos for brands.

However my interest in other societies and ways of life, coupled with an ability to sniff out a story (which my Anthropology degree definitely taught me how to do), led me nicely onto journalism and documentary film.

I now spend my time making either journalistic investigations or observational documentaries in various parts of the world and I co-run a film production company in London called Grain Media.

A few year's ago, before Virunga, I made a film about a skateboard school in Afghanistan. The film is called "Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul" and it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival."

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