The groundbreaking film, Stroop recently took one of the world’s top wildlife prizes at the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) in what was a surprise win for South African filmmakers Susan Scott and Bonné de Bod.
The theme at this year’s IWFF, held in Montana in the United States was ‘adaptation’, with the focus set on humans and animals struggling to adapt to a changing climate, as well as filmmakers who spend years on a story and find new ways to reach audiences. This year saw over 300 films submitted from all over the world, of which 70 films were selected from 36 countries with Stroop ultimately selected the ‘Best of Festival’. The film also won the ‘Best Independent or Feature Film’ category.
According to Africa Geographic, the local film was up against big budget films from the likes of National Geographic, the BBC, PBS and Netflix.
Susan Scott said the IWFF is known for looking at all aspects of wildlife filmmaking and they actually thought Stroop might stand a chance to get selected last year.
“In fact we wanted to world premiere there and were aiming for it in our edit, but we just could not get Stroop finished in time. So it’s surreal for us that the film is being honoured this year by the prestigious festival for which we were just hoping to get selected. It’s an incredible achievement for the film and once again this puts our rhinos firmly in the international spotlight.”
Stroop is an independent documentary and tells the story of rhinos and why they are being killed for their horns.
The documentary is said to be a must-see.
The judges from the IWFF stated after the double win:
“Even if you think you already understand the rhino poaching crisis, Stroop must be seen. It is heartwarming and heartbreaking and the access is unprecedented. The filmmakers are endearing and courageous. It will stay with you long after you finish watching.”