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 is a captivating documentary that takes you on a journey through the rich cultural tradition of cockfighting in Timor-Leste. Delve into the controversial and ancestral practice of cockfighting, depicted in local cave paintings for over 3000 years and still widely observed today. Explore the close ties between this millennia-old practice and the country's history and society, including its impact on nation-building and identity. Witness the use of roosters and cockfights during the decades-long independence struggle and their presence in sacred ceremonial practices. Gain an insightful look at the central role of the rooster in Timorese culture and the influence of cockfights on human life, public health, employment, economy, gender issues, and domestic violence. This comprehensive film provides a thorough examination of the significance of cockfighting in Timorese culture, daringly confronting tradition with ethics and basic human needs.