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Those waiting for the Birds by Duchemin, Eve

Are you fond of speed, races and birds and are you looking for an exciting way to spend your days? Pigeon racing might be just what you are looking for! Jokingly called horse racing of the poor, pigeon racing started as a recreational activity for many poor workers and miners in Belgium in the 19th century, and has become a professional sport with a lot of money involved. The director is contemplating this sport today as she follows a handful of passionate pigeon keepers and racers, who dedicate all their spare time to their birds and the sport.

Social Interest
Pigeons are the oldest domesticated bird. The predecessors of modern day racing pigeons were pigeons bred for their homing ability, primarily to carry messages. Pigeon racing became popular in Belgium in the mid 19th century. The pigeon fanciers of Belgium began to develop pigeons specially cultivated for fast flight and long endurance. From Belgium the modern version of the sport spread to most parts of the world. The sport has recently experienced a downturn in participants in some parts of the world.

Duchemin, Eve
Copyright Holder
Centre Video de Bruxelles
53 min.
Year of release

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