‘Who gives a fuck about a fucking monkey?’
The man talking is filmed by a hidden camera, and he presents himself as ‘maybe a mercenary’. He is in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a subcontractor to the British-based multinational oil company Soco. The ‘monkey’ the man refers to is the mountain gorilla, of which some of the last representatives live in Congo’s Virunga National Park. Soco received oil drilling concessions there, and, according to its foul-mouthed local agents, the company is to make these to good use: ‘The money you could pull out of that park; it’s colossal’. The fact that this money-making would be to the detriment of the gorilla is the last of his worries.