In the forests of Virunga National Park, a forager is searching for his hidden marijuana plants. The Pygmy indigenous communities of the Congo have harvested marijuana for as long as they can remember, but since being removed from the land to make way for the park in 1952, they have resorted to sneaking into the protected area to gather the plants. The journey is risky, and some are arrested by soldiers who patrol the village for the illegal drug.
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