Gorillas In The Mist | 1988
Powerful and moving biopic of anthropologist Dian Fossey (Sigourney Weaver), her battle to save Africa’s mountain gorillas and her shocking murder in 1985.
It’s in in a rain forest high on a 12,175-foot mountain, which meant the film crew having to carry their equipment on their backs through mud slides, bamboo thickets and the dense underbrush to search for and film the gorillas roaming the extinct volcanoes.
The restrictions necessary to preserve the environment of the endangered creatures meant that the scenes were filmed with Sigourney Weaver and a crew of only five.
There are plenty of companies offering tours if you want to visit the centre, though always check ahead on current conditions. At Karisoke you can pay your respects at Dian Fossey's grave, and graves of gorillas she did so much to help.
Alternatively, you can sit at home and to the DFGFI website www.gorillafund.org
After two months in Rwanda, there followed another month’s filming in the Aberdare Mountains, Aberdare National Park in Kenya which closely resembles the Rwandan landscape. It's accessible by road, about 95 miles north of Nairobi.
Its unique architecture was also used by David Cronenberg as a location for his 1970 film Crimes of the Future (not to be confused with his 2022 film of the same name).