Stroop: Journey Into the Rhino Horn War

Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1:00pm
Tivoli Theatre

In “Stroop,” two first-time filmmakers explore the war for rhino horn. Initially setting out on a six-month project, the duo leave their jobs, sell their homes, move in with their mothers, and give up nearly four years of their lives to document not just the rhinos but the many people who protect and exploit this iconic animal. In a roller-coaster ride between Africa and Asia, the two women embed themselves on the frontlines of a species genocide and are given exclusive access to those leading the fight to save the endangered rhino. In a series of hair-raising sequences, the filmmakers join rangers, pilots, and K9 units as they patrol the hardest-hit national parks and accompany elite police units on raids of wildlife trafficking dens in major cities. Although “Stroop” decries the devastation of the rhino population, the film also takes an uncomfortable look at the role that apartheid played in marginalizing indigenous communities who have been excluded from their wildlife heritage. With poaching syndicates existing side-by-side with ranger families in the bush frontier, many villagers offer support to their local “Robin Hoods.”

Free
2018
133 min.
English

Directed by

Susan Scott

Country

China Kenya Laos South Africa Thailand Viet Nam

Film Category

Asian Focus Chinese Spotlight Environmental Focus International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight

Subject

Environment
With director Scott and producer Bonné de Bod.

Film Website

Official Website