Mzansi breakout film, Stroop – journey into the rhino horn war has won the Genesis Award in the ‘Outstanding Brigitte Bardot International Documentary Feature Film’ category in the Unites States.
The Genesis Awards recognises excellent work in media with special focus on reporting of animal protection issues.
There were 15 categories. The winners included Stephen Spielberg’s Jurassic World, for tackling wildlife trafficking, Natalie Portman’s vegan film Eating Animals, Ellen DeGeneres for her talk show that continually highlights gorilla protection issues, as well as iconic American institutions like the New York Times, 60 Minutes and Sesame Street.
Presenter and film maker, Bonné de Bod, accepted the prestigious Genesis Award. See the video below:
Filmmaker and STROOP presenter, Bonné de Bod said: “We are so thrilled! It’s wonderful that this independent, crowd-funded film on the heroes trying to tackle our rhino poaching crisis is being honoured in such a huge way, and just shows me once again, that the world views this as vitally important. This massive recognition of STROOP just keeps shining a global light on South African’s efforts to save our rhinos and that it can’t be ignored.”
Genesis Awards senior director, Beverly Kaskey said: “Please know that we are grateful that STROOP chose to address the important issue of rhino horn poaching in such an exemplary way, with its sweeping examination of the complex web of rhino slaughter.
"Never shying away from the grim realities, the film reminds us of the beauty of these beleaguered animals who share a close mother and baby bonds, and why we must stand up to the corruptive forces that allow this rhino genocide to continue. This richly informative work will be listed among the stellar works from the past year that brought critical animal protection issues to the public.”
The film also won the ‘Audience Award for Best South African Film’ at the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival held in Cape Town recently.
STROOP will return to the big screen for a limited re-release at The Bioscope, Johannesburg’s independent theatre for a full week, as a Special Screening of the Encounters Audience Award winner, with a Q&A with the filmmaker on the opening night, Friday, 26 July.
Since the film’s world premiere at the San Francisco Green Film Festival in September last year, STROOP has been selected for 28 film festivals and has won 20 awards. The film has also been picked by the London-based Journeyman Pictures for international distribution and there is also talks to announce a SA television transmission date with local broadcasters soon.
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