A HIDDEN COLORFUL FEATHER
"Foreigners do not realize that, but this actually helps us pay
for our children's education.
This keeps them in school."
Sikat Subar delves into the controversial and ancestral tradition of cockfighting in Timor-Leste, which has been depicted in local cave paintings for over 3000 years and is still widely practiced today. The documentary explores how this tradition influences various aspects of Timorese society, including the economy, social relationships, art and culture, and employment. It examines the influence of cockfighting on the country's resistance to the brutal Indonesian occupation from 1975-1999, known as the "Timor-Leste genocide", and the role it played during the struggle for independence. The film also explores the use of roosters in resolving disputes, fortune-telling, and ritualistic practices, as well as the role of cockfighting in ceremonies at sacred animist totem houses and its impact on human life, social dynamics, gender issues, and domestic violence. Overall, Sikat Subar provides a provocative and comprehensive look into the world of cockfighting and its significance in Timorese society.
A film by Diogo Pessoa de Andrade
Produced by Diogo Pessoa de Andrade & Filmesdamente