Boots and the Ground| 43mins
Director: Rohan Nel | Producer: Matt Bracken
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: South Africa
Rhinos are quickly going extinct in Africa as men with high-powered weapons sneak through the bush and slaughter them for their horns. 'Boots on the Ground' is the story of the anti poaching rangers in South Africa, the army of the animals, the young men going through anti poaching training, the blood, seat and tears necessary to make it through the rigorous forty days and nights of training, the people they miss, the love ones they left back at home, and the immense physical and mental strain they go through to make it to graduation. After training is complete, the story continues into the bush and the hardships and dangers they face trying to save the worlds last rhinos.
The story goes deep into the lives of these individuals, why they risk it, how they heard the cry for help from nature, and the loved ones who miss them and worry about them at home. The story follows the young men to their homes and we see their families, their new born babies and two year old daughters hugging them goodbye, we see them putting on their uniforms and hugging their loved ones goodbye as they leave home for the bush for sixteen long days, and sixteen long nights on patrol. This is the story of what these men go through, why they go through it, and what they sacrifice, to save the rhinos from extinction.