Africa wildlife films try to inspire amid poaching scourge

  • In this NOv. 2016, photo supplied by STROOP, a Chinese national is led to a holding cell after pleading guilty Nov. 2016, in a Johannesburg court to trafficking illegal rhino horns. The makers of STROOP, a South African documentary film about rhino poaching, filmed the man’s arrest and attended his trial, reporting that the man was fined dollars 35,000 but received no jail time after horns were found in his luggage at the Johannesburg airport. (Susan Scott/STROOP via AP)

  • In this undated photo supplied Sunday Dec. 2, 2018, by STROOP a documentary film about rhino poaching, a rhino that was killed by poachers in the metropolitan area around the city of Pretoria, home to the main offices of the South African presidency in May 2016, is shown in a photograph taken by the South African director of STROOP, Susan Scott. The documentary movie about rhino poaching won awards at film festivals in Europe and the United States in 2018, but the slaughter of African wildlife continues fuelled by consumers of the illegal rhino horn products. (Susan Scott/STROOP via AP)

  • In this undated photo supplied Sunday Dec. 2, 2018, by STROOP a documentary film about rhino poaching, a rhino that was killed by poachers in the metropolitan area around the city of Pretoria, home to the main offices of the South African presidency in May 2016, is shown in a photograph taken by the South African director of STROOP, Susan Scott. The documentary movie about rhino poaching won awards at film festivals in Europe and the United States in 2018, but the slaughter of African wildlife continues fuelled by consumers of the illegal rhino horn products. (Susan Scott/STROOP via AP)

JOHANNESBURG — A documentary film about rhino poaching won awards at film festivals in Europe and the United States this year. But since bringing “STROOP: journey into the rhino horn war ” home to South Africa, its makers have struggled for the same buzz in a country whose rhino population, the biggest in the world, has been under siege for a decade.

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