Local rhino documentary wins 3 more awards at European film festivals

2018-10-31 13:27
Suscan Scott and Bonné de Bod receive the Best New

Cape Town – Award winning South African documentary STROOP - Journey Into the Rhino Horn Warhas won three more international awards.

It won Best International Documentary at the Boston Mystic Film Festival ahead of its European premiere. 

The film was selected as the festival opener at the Wildlife Film Festival in Rotterdam where it sold out. 

“We have followed the film’s progress through the years of filming and then seeing the final product, we picked it to open even before the Americans gave it so many awards, and that just confirmed what we already knew… that the film would do well here”, said festival director Raymond Laagerwald.  

The film went on to win the Best Newcomer award. Producer, presenter and protagonist of STROOP, Bonné de Bod said in her acceptance speech that “all the awards are really overwhelming, in a wonderful positive way and that seeing packed movie theatres filled with the citizens of Rotterdam who engage powerfully with STROOP is affirmation once again that our rhinos do matter to the world.”

Thereafter Stroop went on to close the Berlin Courage Film Festival where it collected a further two awards, Best Documentary and - the highest award handed out at the festival - The Courage Award for 'Most Courageous Film'. 

The film's award tally is now 10 wins at 9 international film festivals. 


• San Francisco Green Film Festival - The Green Tenacity Award
• Santa Cruz Film Festival - Spirit of Action Feature Film Award
• San Pedro International Film Festival - Best Documentary Award
• Glendale International Film Festival - Best Female Filmmaker Award
• LA Femme International Film Festival - Special Focus Documentary Award
• San Diego International Film Festival - Best Documentary Award
• Mystic Film Festival - Best International Documentary Award
• Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam - Newcomer Award
• Berlin Courage Film Festival - Best Documentary Award and The Courage Award for Most Courageous Film

It been officially selected for further film festivals in the United States in November but the filmmakers have chosen to return home to premiere the film for the South African public earlier than planned, due to its successful international run. The film is expected to have its South African premiere at the end of November. 


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