STROOP to open Wildlife Film Festival in Rotterdam
21 September 2018
Following on from the slew of invitations to screen at a number of high profile US film festivals, STROOP - Journey into the Rhino Horn War, has now been selected by the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) to be its opening night film, when the festival kicks off on Wednesday, October 24 (and runs through to Sunday, October 28).
Says producer and presenter Bonné de Bod: "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.
"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. According to the festival's criteria, the Green Tenacity Award is given to filmmakers "who show great tenacity in exploring crucial environmental issues in their work."
Says de Bod: "We are delighted at the ongoing recognition and positive reaction our film is receiving as it makes all our hard work and dedication that much more worthwhile.
"It's important that as many people as possible see this film if there is a chance rhinos will be saved from extinction."
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.
Through unprecedented footage, Scott and de Bod have created a stunning, independent film - made with crowdfunding and grants - that shows why this hunted and targeted species deserves to live in dignity, free from exploitation by illegal traders, poachers, money men and corrupt governments.
STROOP - Journey into the Rhino Horn War will premiere in South Africa in February 2019 after its film festival run overseas.
Source: Press Release