Sunday, August 10, 2014

Congo Flag in Gorillas in the Mist

 Gorillas in the Mist 1988 is a Hollywood Grand Slam that tells an exciting story, sends a message, educates, and brings it home from far away.  This film tells the true, heroic, tragic and soul stirring story of Dian Fossey from San Francisco, California.   Fossey studied the mountain gorillas of Central Africa.  Her work and dedication to these still endangered cousins of humanity ensured that the world became aware of their perilous situation facing extinction, as caused by the greed and the political war mongering of modern mankind.

The movie has several vexillologically important flags.  When Fossey, played by Sigourney Weaver, arrives in Greater Congo, DR a unique flag representing this nation can be seen at the airport.  It is composed of a central white star on a background of green and black divided vertically in the middle, with the fly being black and the hoist being green. The flag also appears on the right side of a jeep.The best shot of this fictional Democratic Republic of Congo flag also appears during the break out of civil war at the Bugani border.

The subject matter of this movie makes it a great case study for any environmental studies class.

Note that Greater Congo, DR did not use such a flag in its history.  Perhaps the makers of the film chose a unique design for artistic and politically correct purposes?


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