About the film

This timely short film embraces a hybrid of dramatic and documentary styles to look at rhino poaching through two fictional antagonists, a ranger and a poacher, juxtaposing their points of view of a poaching incident that puts them both at risk. The choice to not show graphic footage of carnage gives Sides of a Horn unique power and impact. Supported by Sir Richard Branson, the film offers important insight into why people choose to engage in poaching, revealing the dilemmas and dualities in communities faced with unemployment and starvation.

Writer & Director

Toby Wosskow

Executive Producer

Sir Richard Branson

Producers

Toby Wosskow, Charlie Hicks, Emmanuel Castis, Erika Klopper

Cast

Welile Nzuza, Sherldon Marema, Ayanda Seoka, Dimpho Motloung, Mpho Noko

Run Time

17 min

Rating

PG

Trailer

Film Critics

THE NEW YORK TIMES “The dramatic short, based on actual events, provides an inescapable and visceral portrayal of how poaching can drive an entire ecosystem — humans included — into turmoil.” – Margaret KramerFORBES “You cannot talk about poaching without talking about poverty, inequality, or corruption. The suffering of the animals is closely linked to the suffering of people, and Toby really brings that across.” – Sir Richard BransonDEADLINE HOLLYWOOD “Sides of a Horn is unique in its depiction of the poaching war, in that it is sympathetic towards both sides of the struggle in communities torn apart by the conflict between poachers and rangers.” – Anthony D’Alessandro

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