Acclaimed SA film wins Genesis Award
18 July 2019
South Africa’s breakout film STROOP – journey into the rhino horn war, has won the prestigious Genesis Award in the Outstanding Brigitte Bardot International Documentary Feature Film category in the United States. The Genesis Awards recognise excellent work in media with a special focus on outstanding reporting of animal protection issues.
Says filmmaker and STROOP presenter, Bonné de Bod: “We are so thrilled! It’s wonderful that this independent, crowd-funded film on the heroes trying to tackle our rhino poaching crisis is being honoured in such a huge way, and just shows me once again, that the world views this as vitally important. This massive recognition of STROOP just keeps shining a global light on South Africa’s effort to save our rhinos and that it can’t be ignored.”
The acclaimed wildlife crime film garnered further kudos from Genesis Awards Senior Director, Beverly Kaskey, who said: “Please know that we are so grateful that STROOP chose to address the important issue of rhino horn poaching in such an exemplary way, with its sweeping examination of the complex web of rhino slaughter. Never shying away from the grim realities, the film reminds us of the beauty of these beleaguered animals who share close mother and baby bonds, and why we must stand up to the corruptive forces that allow this rhino genocide to continue. This richly informative work will be listed among the stellar works from the past year that brought critical animal protection issues to the public.”
This US recognition follows the film’s first South African recognition – the ‘Audience Award for Best South African Film’ at the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival which was held in Cape Town recently. This award is the top nod at Africa’s most prestigious documentary film festival.