South African film maker Reina-Marie Loader’s documentary Horn, will
screen at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York in October 2015.
Horn is a documentary that creatively investigates the issue of rhino
poaching by focusing on specific anti-poaching units in South Africa’s Waterberg
region. The intention is to determine how effective anti-poaching as a solution-
driven method is to combat the surge in organised poaching. A key dimension is the
assessment of rhino monitor training as a forward-looking strategy that serves the
protection of not only rhinos, but also the betterment of the wider community. This
includes an evaluation of the physical and psychological impact of such training by
following an actor (Jeffrey Mundell) playing a specifically created character (Michael
Harris) within a real-life training situation. The intention is to thereby explore
sustainable solutions to this dilemma while simultaneously commenting on the
wider socio-political context connected to the survival of the South African rhinos.
By including the contributions of significant political and community leaders in South
Africa as well as figures working at the forefront of rhino conservation,
Horn not only highlights some of the problems facing rhino
conservation, but it also points out some of the significant social problems facing
the communities in the affected areas – specifically in relation to education, health,
security and accountability. Horn was filmed on location in Gauteng,
Limpopo and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
“It is exciting that Horn will show in New York as I hope this will raise
awareness of the complexities of the rhino poaching issue, and the potential long
term perspective that is needed as we face the current crisis”, said Reina-Marie
Loader. “I will also be speaking at the Biodiversity Conference that is connected to
the festival’ Loader concluded.
The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival takes place in October 2015. It attracts an
international representation of film, filmmakers, advocates and scientists dedicated
to the preservation of global biodiversity. Visitors come to New York from across
the globe to attend.