Gorillas in the Mist tells the life story of Dian Fossey (Sigourney Weaver), who researched and championed the gorillas of Rwanda until her 1985 murder. Dian Fossey studied anthropology and was inspired by Dr. Louis Leakey (Iain Cuthbertson) to experience study abroad in Africa. She finds herself completely enthralled with the mountain gorillas that are on the verge of extinction due to poachers. Fossey dedicates herself to learning about the gorillas, eventually learning to communicate with them using sign language and sounds. She falls in love with photographer Bob Campbell (Bryan Brown) when he comes to record her work for National Geographic magazine, but their passionate work lives conflict with their affair. As Dian becomes more determined to stop the poachers, she begins to make enemies as she pressures the government and even burns down a village to protect the gorillas. Michael Apted of the "49 Up" documentary series directs this 1988 biographical drama of a remarkable and unique woman.