The Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) proudly presents the premiere of STROOP: a powerful documentary by the award-winning South African television presenter Bonné de Bod and filmmaker Susan Scott. STROOP tells the shocking and touching story about the hunt for the South African rhinoceros and the trade in his coveted horn. Filmmakers Bonné de Bod and Susan Scott are present during the screening in Rotterdam.
Wildlife television presenter Bonné de Bod and filmmaker Susan Scott sold their house, left their jobs and moved in with their mothers to document what is happening in the fight to save rhinos from extinction. Initially setting out on a six-month project it became a dangerous and intense expedition for which the passionate makers gave up everything for more than four years. The film is the touching and incredible story of rangers, prosecutors, veterinarians, activists and caretakers of a shelter for rhino-orphans, private owners of the animals, forensic experts and special police units.
The in-depth investigation of the women into the trade in rhino horn was not without danger. The filmmakers traveled with special police units from the South African Kruger Park and the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal (where the poaching is most severe) to the back rooms of armed smugglers in China and Vietnam. The result is an extremely valuable document that challenges and shocks the viewer, and makes him part of touching images of the dozens of people who are committed to the conservation of the endangered rhinoceros. Through unprecedented material, the makers show the South Africans and the world that this hunted species deserves to live in dignity, free from exploitation by illegal traders, poachers, money wolves and corrupt governments.
About the makers
The South African presenter and filmmaker Bonné de Bod made a name for herself through her in-depth reports about wildlife and nature in South Africa. For more than ten years, she presented various programs for South African television and won several awards in journalism. Filmmaker Susan Scott worked with the best wildlife and documentary makers in the world and won three South African Film and Television Awards for her work as an editor.
Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam
WFFR is the only film festival for nature and wildlife documentaries in the Netherlands and will feature over eighty recent films from the Netherlands and abroad from 24 to 28 October 2018. Since the first edition in 2015 WFFR takes place in film theater Cinerama in Rotterdam, which will again be the vibrant heart of the festival this year. Visitors of all ages can enjoy special, moving and confrontational films for five days, a large part of which has never been screened in the Netherlands before. The program consists of beautiful films that show the magnificence of nature, but also of documentaries that tell us stories about the less beautiful, but not less important subjects.
WFFR also offers a platform for nature filmmakers in the Netherlands. For them, the festival organizes a Filmmakers Day on Saturday 27 October to meet each other, share experiences and ambitions and gain knowledge through workshops and lectures.
Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam
Date: 24 – 28 October 2018
Start ticket sales: 1 October 2018
Location: Cinerama, Westblaak 18, Rotterdam