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Gorilla  (1974)

The most imposing creatures on Earth

In the depths of Zaire's Kahuzi-Biega National Park, award-winning wildlife cameraman Dieter Plage explores the incredibly social world of the mountain gorilla. Spending six months with the Park's founder, Belgian conservationist Adrien Deschryver, Plage's beautiful cinematography captures these remarkable creatures in their small pocket of protected land.

A deeply moving account of these charismatic primates, this hour long film was hugely popular and is credited with changing the nation's negative perception of gorillas.

In dramatic scenes the tale of an abandoned baby is shown in heart-stopping detail. Brought into the forest by Deschryver to help it adjust to its natural habitat, it begins to scream when it hears other gorillas, and is subsequently snatched from him by the dominant silverback. Stunning photography captures the sheer force of the silverback’s intimidating demonstration before he grabs the youngster.

Gorilla is a touching and intimate glimpse into the lives of these gentle, highly intelligent animals described by Survival's co-founder Colin Willock as, "the most impressive animal in the world".

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Copyright Holder: ITN Source
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Film credits

Additional Photography: Lee Lyon
Dubbing Editor: Ramon Burrows
Dubbing Mixer: David Skilton
Film Editor: Leslie Parry
Narrator: Andrew Sachs
Photography: Dieter Plage
Producer: Aubrey Buxton
Production Controller: Mike Hay
Production Manager: Peter Schofield
Production Organisation: Survival Anglia Limited
Writer: Colin Willock
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Orphan grabbed by silver-back
Orphan grabbed by silver-back
The most imposing creatures on Earth
The most imposing creatures on Earth
Rescuing orphaned gorilla
Rescuing orphaned gorilla