Racing Pigeon Fanciers: Sport and Passion in the Po Valley| 54mins
Director: Paolo Berni | Producer: Paolo Berni
Focus Years: 2001 | Country: Italy
The world of the pigeon fanciers is a world apart. It is a world about which most people know very little. For the outside observer, there's something poetic about pigeon fancing: keepers spend their free time taking care of the birds, which, when they take to the sky, describe vast circles above their rooftops. Upon completion of their aerial acrobatics, the birds' uncanny homing sense is truly one of the marvels of nature. But beyond the poetry and their love for these animals, what is the driving force behind the dedicated individuals who raise them? It's the thrill of competition. People have always been motivated to strive for the best, as if it were a inborn trait. While some may race Ferraris, dreaming of becoming world champions, others raise and race homing pigeons. And their teams are no less dedicated. The pigeon fancier is essentially a solitary figure. Each anxiously waits for the return of the pigeons in the hopes of victory. But victories are never easy to come by.