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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.Documentaries about the slaughter of African wildlife can't compete with popular entertainment de Bod mentioned "The Grinch," a Christmas film and often subject audiences to disturbing images such as a rhino whose face has been mutilated by poachers.The film was screened last year in Hong Kong as part of a campaign by the WildAid conservation group, and Brooks testified to lawmakers there shortly before the territory decided to phase out its legal ivory trade by 2021, similar to a ban already in effect in mainland China.International bans on trade in ivory and rhino horn have been in effect for decades, but the killing of elephants and rhinos has surged.The film addresses divisions over how to help rhinos, giving a voice to owners who favor a legal horn trade.
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