Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War

On the frontline of the war against rhino poaching

Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War A 4 year investigation into South Africa's rhino poaching crisis involved going against some of the most nasty criminal networks. And alongside the rangers in South Africa’s rhino sanctuaries the filmmakers move directly into the firing line. Then to Asia where Stroop asks whether there's any basis to the horn's popularity as a cancer cure? This epic investigation exposes a unique panorama of the global trade in rhino horn.

Reviews and More

Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War (2018) on IMDb

A hard-hitting – and ultimately moving – documentary” – Sandtown Chronicle

Bonné de Bod discusses unravelling the rhino horn industry here.

For an interview with filmmakers Bonné de Bod and Susan Scott, see here.

LaurelInternational Wildlife Film Festival - Best of Festival Film and Best Independent Feature Film
LaurelSan Diego International Film Festival - Best Documentary Award
LaurelSan Francisco Green Film Festival - The Green Tenacity Award
LaurelWildlife Film Festival Rotterdam - Newcomer Award
LaurelSt Louis International Film Festival - Official Selection
LaurelCourage Film Festival - Best Documentary Award and The Courage Award for Most Courageous Film
LaurelGlendale International Film Festival - Best Female Filmmaker Award
LaurelSan Pedro International Film Festival - Best Documentary Award
LaurelSanta Cruz Film Festival - Spirit of Action Feature Film Award
LaurelLA Femme International Film Festival - Special Focus Documentary Award
LaurelMystic Film Festival - Best International Documentary Award

The Producers

Bonné de Bod - Co-Producer

Bonné is well known as an award winning wildlife television presenter. She has been on South Africa’s popular wildlife and environment programme 50|50 for seven seasons and is a special correspondent for SABC's Newsroom. Her series Rhino Blog is on DSTV's People's Weather where it is currently ranked the most popular show, and she has also been awarded the prestigious Kudu Award for Best Journalist. Her in-depth knowledge on the rhino poaching crisis from four years filming on the ground and doing undercover work in Asia has led to Bonné facilitating discussions on illegal wildlife trafficking for the United Nations Environmental Programme as well as talks on radio, at film festivals and wildlife symposiums.

Susan Scott - Co-Producer

Susan Scott is a filmmaker in Johannesburg, South Africa where she produces stories on wildlife issues for various broadcasters around the world. Prior to her directing work, she was a film editor for 17-years cutting for some of the best wildlife filmmakers on the planet. Awarded the prestigious acronym from the editors guild of South Africa, Susan has gone on to win several awards for her work, among them 3 SAFTAs, a Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival award as well as winning at the SAB Environmentalist of the Year for her writing and photography.

Making The Film

Director's Statement - Susan Scott

In making this film about the rhino poaching crisis, I initially thought it would be all about the rhinos, but it’s actually become about the people around the animal. Those whose lives have been irrevocably changed because of conditions brought about... not ecological management or natural events... but wholly due to anthropogenic activities. So while the animal, the rhino, is the basis for the story, the structure of the film is interwoven between us - the filmmakers as well as the key characters who help us understand the gravity of the situation and how rhino poaching is impacting human lives. I do think the fact that we were women helped immensely! We were trusted easily and many times in filming in sensitive locations with nervous characters, it was just myself behind camera and then Bonné with the character/s. Bonné is well known as a credible wildlife presenter/journalist in South Africa, so the two of us were able to get the intimate moments we needed to tell this never before seen story.

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