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'STROOP'  Crowdfunded, independent feature doc #STROOPfilm on our rhino poaching crisis | A film for you by you, so no-one can say they didn't know 🎥🦏

-- STROOP SELECTED TO WORLD PREMIERE AND WINS AWARD -- We're thrilled to announce that STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war will world premiere at the San Francisco Green Film Festival in September. The judges have also awarded the 2018 Green Tenacity Award to STROOP, one of only five awards given at the festival!
Thank you to all of you for your support over the past four years! --
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 2nd August 2018
SA Film Wins Award Ahead of World Premiere at US Festival

STROOP - Journey into the Rhino Horn War, the locally made documentary film, 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 will run from Thursday September 6 through to Friday, September 14.
What makes the win and the premiere all the more impressive is the fact that the festival organisers received 350 submissions but ultimately only 26 films were selected to screen and, of those, only five have received awards.
Says a delighted Bonné de Bod, who produces and fronts the film: "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.
"Hopefully, it also means that the recognition will create additional awareness and encourage even more people to see the film when it releases."
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."
#rhino #film #sanfranciscogreenfilmfestival #awardwinner #premiere #wildlife #wildlifecrime

— ANNOUNCEMENT coming 2nd Aug —
“After waiting four years, I think we can wait until Thursday!” - @bonnedebod
#rhino #film #documentary #release #nearlythere #rhinohorn #wildlife #wildlifetrade #movieposter

One week to go! Big announcement...
#stroopfilm #rhino #rhinoceros #film #wildlife #wildlifefilm

-- BREAKING NEWS -- News just in via sources in the Kruger National Park:
The day we all feared but knew was inevitable. Today a ranger was lost to a poacher's bullet.
The Lowvelder and the Far North are also reporting the fatal shooting. According to reports, the ranger and his unit made contact with a poaching gang that they had been tracking with the assistance of the K9 unit, and as they approached the poachers, contact was made and the ranger was severely wounded. He died on the way to the hospital.
What we can tell you is that while filming with the ranger corps in the Kruger and iMfolozi-Hluhluwe... the two hardest hit areas in the world... we witnessed incredibly bravery and dedication by these men and women. They go out day and night to protect our national assets under severe stress. We don't think people at home quite understand the stress they undergo, it was eye-opening for us to see.
As one of our rangers in the film says, "someone has to stand between the rhinos and the poachers, and in conservation today it is us the rangers... we've got to stand between the rhino and the poacher otherwise all the rhino will be killed."
Thank-you ranger for the ultimate dedication to our rhinos.
Image: SANParks field rangers and K9 dog 'Killer' on patrol in the Kruger National Park while we were filming STROOP.
#ranger #hero #rhino #poacher #wildlife #crime #kruger #krugernationalpark #horn #wildlifetrade #wildlifetrafficking #shot #tragic

A reminder of what is being done every single day in our country.
@instagram won't or doesn't verify independent films or individuals who shine a light on wildlife crime. And their partner organization @facebook blocks out images like this on their platform.
We can’t let social media dictate a world to us that is clearly not normal.
Like and comment so we can alert the world and take over our own social media algorithms for wildlife.
#wildlife #wildlifecrime #rhino #rhinopoaching #horn #rhinoceros #rhinohorn #carcass #slaughter #crime #crimescene #sungtegiac

Happy Birthday to our very own @bonnedebod who is not out in the field today but in a dark cutting room finishing the film! Txs for your dedication Bonné!
#happybirthday #birthdaygirl #birthday #greetings #work #edit #editing #editsuite #cuttingroom #bonnedebod #BonnédeBod #stroopfilm

“I’ve had many ups and downs over the past few years investigating this ‘world of greed’. But the most difficult part by far is witnessing what we, as humans, are capable of.” - @bonnedebod
#rhino #poaching #stroopfilm #ranger #bravery #crime #wildlife #wildlifetrade #carcass #crimescene #imfolozi #imfolozigamereserve #ezemvelokznwildlife #southafrica #bonnedebod

Wildlife television presenter Bonné de Bod takes us on a journey through the rhino horn war for STROOP. Light moments were rare. This is one of them when Dr Johan Marais of @savingthesurvivors finished an operation he was doing at Onderstepoort Veterinary Hospital.
We are getting closer to finishing... cannot wait for you all to see it!#rhinopoaching #filmmaker #ranger #crime #bravery #rhino #horn #stroopfilm #documentary #southafrica #onderstepoort #vet #veterinarian #medical #hospital #theatre #lightermoment

-- FROM THE EDIT --
Looking through all our court footage, it's been interesting to see the development of the "image of the poacher" in jail.
When we first started filming, the young men we saw appear in the dock who were caught inside the Kruger National Park "trespassing" with illegal firearms... are very different to the men who are being caught in firefights with rangers today. Branded, expensive clothing is the norm, along with stylish haircuts and experienced legal teams.
Flaunting of wealth is difficult to look upon, when you know its source.
#crime #rhinopoaching #poacher #court #trial #rhino #wildlifecrime #wildlife #wildlifetrade #stroopfilm #judicial #system #krugernationalpark

-- LOOKING BACK FROM THE EDIT --
Following up from yesterday's post... Kruger's special rangers have arrested an alleged poaching gang who were inside the national park carrying a stolen hunting rifle, as well as an axe and food and water for 3-days. The suspects are being booked in at the Skukuza police station inside the Kruger National Park. They will remain in custody until they appear in court for bail application.
Phenomenal work by the rangers.
#ranger #greenline #rangercorps #krugernationalpark #kruger #bravery #enforcement #poaching #rhino #rhinopoaching #wildlife #trafficking #wildlifecrime #wildlifefilm #stroopfilm #sanparks #police #station #policestation #perps #suspects #jail #crime

-- LOOKING BACK FROM THE EDIT --
Tense moment racing to a contact scene where an incursion into the Kruger National Park took place in the early morning hours. On our way with the back-up unit.
Gangs of armed men constantly enter the park every day to poach rhinos for their horn... the special rangers and their K9 dogs are there to intercept them. It's been a privilege to get a glimpse into their world.
Tomorrow we'll post the end of the scene...
#stroopfilm #rhino #rhinopoaching #krugernationalpark #kruger #ranger #greenline #specialunit #antipoaching #wildlifefilm #wildlifetrade #wildlifecrime #trafficking

Another day in the edit suite... another day closer to bringing this film to you!

So exciting, all our Chinese translations came in yesterday... our Vietnamese translations were finished late last year and our Shangaan translations are almost ready. Quite a process! On shoot we work with a local translator and then when we review the rushes in the edit, we pick areas for detailed translation. Once that comes back to us, we either work with the translator in the edit suite or send off the final sections to make sure every detail is correct. Thank-you to all of you who have helped us pay for translation costs.

If you would like to help us finish the film please see our website listed in our details.
#edit #editsuite #darkroom #fcp #finalcut #documentary #rhino #stroopfilm #rhinopoaching #crowdfunding #success #grateful #supporters #journey #filmmaker #translation

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