Local rhino poaching documentary wins international award
Local rhino documentary, Stroop – Journey into the Rhino Horn War has been awarded the 2018 Green Tenacity Award by the judges of the eighth annual San Francisco Green Film Festival. This comes ahead of the film’s world premiere at the festival which runs from Thursday, 6 September through to Friday, 14 September.
“We are over the moon at receiving this prestigious award and it makes all our hard work and dedication to this film that much more worthwhile,” says producer and presenter Bonné de Bod.
Stroop – Journey into the Rhino Horn War tells the shocking and touching story of the ongoing poaching of the rhinoceros and the trade in its coveted horn. Four years in the making, this labour of love saw De Bod and director Susan Scott sell their houses, leave their jobs and move in with their mothers in order to document what is happening in the fight to save the rhino from extinction.
Initially setting out on a six-month project it became a dangerous and intense expedition for which the passionate duo often found themselves in immense danger. In an exclusive first, De Bod and Scott filmed special ranger units inside the world famous Kruger National Park and at the home of the white rhino, the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park and travelled undercover to the dangerous back rooms of wildlife traffickers and dealers in China and Vietnam. The result is a hard-hitting – and ultimately moving – documentary that challenges and shocks viewers.