Cockfight (2001)

Genres - Culture & Society, Sports & Recreation  |   Sub-Genres - Animals, Biography, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 45 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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American filmmakers Tiller Russell and Loren Mendell direct Cockfight, a 45-minute documentary about the controversial sport of rooster fighting. The filmmakers talk to several people with a lifelong passion for the sport as well as those who are against it. Cockfighting has developed an underground culture in California, Arizona, and Mexico, where the sport has endured for generations. Journalist David Holthouse contrasts the grisly details of a typical rooster fight with the brutal realities of factory-raised chickens. Cockfight was nominated for a student achievement award from the International Documentary Association in 2001.

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cockfighting, underground [counterculture], controversial, illegality, tradition, humor, savage