What is ‘STROOP’?
“a much anticipated documentary film” – Maroela media
“ We’ll help them achieve their mission of educating the world about the true rhino story in this watershed documentary, free from any commercial influence” – Africa Geographic
“Filming NOW, for release 2017.”
STROOP is an independent documentary feature film on the rhino poaching crisis, which the world needs to see.
The filming over two-and-a-half years has been publicly funded and now the film is in edit and finishing up last interviews before its release in 2017. The word STROOP in Afrikaans means poached but also stripped bare… one ploughs the corn fields stripping them bare. So stripping the rhino, its being, its essence from what makes it a rhino. The film is in Afrikaans, Shangaan, Vietnamese, Chinese and English. It will have english subtitles throughout.
The film is being made by well-known wildlife television presenter Bonné de Bod and filmmaker Susan Scott. Bonné has been presenting wildlife stories on South African television for nearly a decade while Susan has been making National Geographic and Discovery/Animal Planet documentary films for nearly twenty years with some of the best wildlife and documentary filmmakers on the planet.
The duo have won numerous awards for their work, ranging from multiple SAFTAs and Kudu awards, to wildlife film festival awards, an ATKV Media Veertjie, and most recently the prestigious SANParks Best Journalist Award for Bonné and two SAB Environmental Media Awards for Susan’s writing and photography documenting STROOP.
Africa Geographic’s editor has been so inspired by the work being done he wrote this piece about the two filmmakers: http://africageographic.com/ blog/real-rhino-story-no- holds-barred-chance-make-real- difference/
Join the journey and get involved
STROOP’s filmmakers, Bonné and Susan have self-funded a majority of the film, and received generous donations from the public to shoot the film for two-and-a-half years now. Many distributors and broadcasters have expressed interest in the film, but once the film is sold to the “industry” it loses its independent nature and may have to be cut down or have scenes cut out for government interests or to appease advertising clients. It is vital that the film be made entirely without corporate control to ensure that the true story of what is happening on the ground is seen. The only way to do this is to ask the public to pre-buy copies of the film, buy STROOP products or donate towards the film.
By making you, the public, pay for the film, we avoid having to work for a broadcaster and their mandates which means no censorship from television executives over a controversial film like this. Bonné is not picking sides in the story she will tell. She will ask the questions that any ordinary South African would. The filmmakers are bringing the information from the battleground straight to you.
We will look back at this time and wonder if this was the turning point and what was being done to stop the eradication of our rhinos in the wild. This has to be documented for the future and to help us understand NOW what HAS to be done.
You can be part of the journey and help by sharing the STROOP campaign with your family and friends via social media – www.facebook.com/stroopdiefilm
You can help keep this film independent by buying a digital download of the film or the 2017 STROOP Calendar which will help the filmmakers with funding and get YOUR name in the credits! – visit http://www.sdbfilms.com/stroop-film
Thank you so much for supporting us and making sure this film gets made.