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Reina-Marie Loader wins an Outstanding Achievement Humanitarian Award at IndieFest
We are happy to announce that Reina-Marie Loader was awarded the Humanitarian Award – Outstanding Achievement for her work on the documentary film HORN.
Rick Prickett, who chairs The IndieFEST Film Awards, had this to say: “It takes great talent to tackle the world’s most pressing issues with film and do a great job. It takes an even greater heart. IndieFEST helps set the standard for Humanitarian filmmaking worldwide. The goal of IndieFEST is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve for the incredible job that they do.”
According to the IndieFest statement, the goal of the Humanitarian Award is to honour filmmakers who bring awareness to the importance of issues such as social, political and ecological justice. The winners are hand picked. In winning a Humanitarian award from IndieFEST, Loader joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this important award such as Oscar-nominee Liam Neeson, Peabody Award winner Leon Lee and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Reina-Marie Loader nominated for Grad Prize Humanitarian Award at the IndieFest Awards
We are happy to announce that Reina-Marie Loader has been nominated for a Humanitarian Award at the IndieFest Film Awards for her work on the documentary HORN. Upon learning about the nomination Loader made the following statement: “I am extremely humbled by this nomination, of which I was notified this morning. HORN would however not be the film that it is without the hard work of several people. David Cawley, Jeffrey Mundell, Billy Pleasant, Jenny Griesel, Stuart Neville, Dominic Zimmel all worked tirelessly to get an important story told. A big thank you to all once more! Dealing with the social side of rhino poaching, HORN addresses a subject that is becoming more pressing by the day. As governments increasingly seem to turn their backs on poor communities and environmental issues, HORN’s message is not only a plea to take action. It also asks South Africa to take seriously its responsibility for respecting the rights of its most vulnerable rural communities by developing (among other things) a more ethical approach to contemporary wildlife conservation. Although we have the ability to conquer, destroy and profit from nature, let us not forget ourselves in the process, for, as Pythagoras also once warned: As long as humans massacre animals, they will also kill each other.” The winner will be announced on 8 February 2017.
Leslie Goffe from BBC World Service talks to Reina-Marie Loader about HORN
Leslie Goffe from one of the BBC World Service’s cornerstone shows ‘Africa Today’ caught up with Reina-Marie Loader at the Natural History Museum in New York to talk about HORN and rhino poaching in South Africa. Here an extract from the interview:
Slavery is probably one of the most heinous of modern-day injustices. It connects to a huge variety of other atrocities such as terrorism and war as well as organised crimes such as the drug trade and corruption (to name but a few). Even wildlife trafficking has been connected to the trafficking of humans. The exploitation of vulnerable individuals for financial gain is an issue as old as time. Yet, it has never been so concealed and so widespread at the same time as it is today. Researchers estimate that approximately 21-36 million people live in slavery today. Staggeringly, such a statistic indicates that there are more people enslaved today than at any other point in history – including the period when the slave trade was legal in Europe and the United States.
Lillian Masebenza: I was born into poverty and grew up in a poor community. So, I have personally experienced poverty. Over the years however I have received a good academic education and have also gained significant experience by working in both private and public sectors. I have collaborated with countless individuals at various national and international organisations. I therefore felt I was in a good position to combine the dimensions of my own journey and plough them back into these marginalised communities where especially women seem to be neglected. The inspiration behind Mhani Gingi is therefore my desire to empower individuals so that they can realise they have the ability to make it on their own.
Leaving the exhausted duiker behind I turned my attention to the country on the opposite side of the fence. In the front of the vehicle, the officials had resumed their conversation where it left off before our brief break at the border post. They were talking about an operation that was planned for later that day. My interest was caught momentarily because I realised that the operation they were talking about had something to do with a high stakes poacher interception on the opposite side of the park. However, I decided to push their conversation to the background in order to pay attention to the situation I was in at that moment. It seemed important to me personally and I was determined to take everything in.
Reina-Marie Loader nominated for ‘Best Awareness, Education and Funding’ at the Rhino Conservation Awards 2015
On 28 July 2015 people from all over South Africa gathered for the Rhino Conservation Awards 2015. In attendance were HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, who has been an avid supporter of African conservation for years. Also attending were representatives from several significant conservation agencies across Africa. Congratulations to all the winners!
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The Cinéma Humain DiscussionGroup
The Cinéma Human DiscussionGroup is particularly meant for filmmakers and academics interested in human rights and the environment. In this group, we discuss the ethics and practicalities of making films about hard hitting issues. Additionally, we think about the ways in which human rights filmmaking can be approached meaningfully in teaching context such as in schools and universities. The intention is to create a community that will also meet once a year at the Cinéma Humain Conference in Vienna – the first one of which will be held in 2017.