South African rhino poaching documentary, STROOP, has been selected as
the opening night screening for an international film festival in Germany.
The elated producers called the invitation, to open the Wildlife Film
Festival Rotterdam on 24 October, ¡§unbelievable news¡¨.
¡§We feel really honoured as the festival director phoned us to tell us the
good news and informed us that although they usually pick a feel-good film
highlighting European wildlife, he and his team felt that STROOP
just had to open the festival,¡¨ says producer and presenter Bonné de Bod.
¡§The accolade is even more humbling when one considers that the organisers
had over 200 wildlife films submitted, from which only 35 were selected for
the festival. And our film was then chosen to open the event.¡¨
This follows hot on the heels of the recent announcement of the film¡¦s 2018
Green Tenacity Award from the judges of the San Francisco Green Film, where
STROOP had its world premiere.
De Bod hopes the recognition the film is receiving helps ensure as many
people as possible watch the film ¡K and increase the chance that rhinos will
be saved from extinction.
STROOP ¡V 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.
STROOP ¡V Journey into the Rhino Horn War will premiere in South
Africa in February 2019 after its film festival run overseas.
¡V Source: www.news24.co.za