Not many people would sell their homes and move back in with their parents to self-finance a wildlife documentary, while refusing funding offers from people who want the message to be watered down and made more palatable for certain interest groups.
This is precisely what Bonné de Bod and Susan Scott have done, and STROOP – now in edit, with the final release due later this year – promises to be a rollercoaster ride for viewers. It will include footage from the killing fields of Kruger National Park, where they were given privileged access to sensitive scenes, to the courtrooms in bush frontier towns and dingy backrooms of Vietnamese wildlife traffickers, where the intrepid pair endured life-threatening encounters with some of this planet’s most evil individuals. Imagine walking into a room full of suspicious thugs and convincing them you are a film star looking for ivory and rhino horn jewellery – with a hidden camera strapped to your chest!
Along the way Bonné and Susan also met many passionate people who are making a real difference on the coalface, and a dignified lady with cancer who views rhino horn as her salvation. All this and more packed into what will no doubt be a watershed documentary for awareness about the rhino situation.
‘STROOP’ is Afrikaans for ‘poach’ or ‘strip bare’, and this video has Afrikaans audio with English subtitles. They also plan to have multiple language subtitles, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Zulu and Shangaan.
My one-hour meeting with these two brave filmmakers turned into four as they enthralled me with their stories and footage, and infused me with their focused passion. I left humbled and overflowing with a sense of hope; of respect. And I wanted to get involved, to help them achieve their mission of educating the world about the true rhino story, free from any commercial influence.
And so I paid $25 on their crowd-sourcing web page to receive a digital download of STROOP when it comes out – which I am so looking forward to – and I made a promise to myself to somehow convince you to do the same. Yes, you.
By paying for a digital download of STROOP, or donating a lesser amount, you help ensure that it is completed without editorial censorship by traditional broadcasters. Make no mistake, this will be a controversial documentary – and some interest groups may feel aggrieved when the truth is laid bare.
PLEASE HELP Bonné and Susan complete this incredible journey.
Visit the STROOP website to read more, view a few video clips (not the juicy stuff) and to pay for your digital download.